Study

The purpose of this research is to understand how adults use online dating technologies to find connection. More specifically, I look at the stories people tell about their experiences and examine how people negotiate digital communication to construct a desirable self and search for potential partners. This study considers how people in various communities (including monogamous, non-monogamous, heterosexual, LGBTQ, and kinky) use mainstream and specialized dating technologies to represent a sense of self and communicate with potential partners.

If you have done any online dating, I am interested in hearing from you.

Ways to Participate

Online survey
The short anonymous online survey asks questions about your online dating experience. There are 11 multiple choice questions, some with open-ended options if you would like to elaborate. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete.  Follow this link to the survey.

Profile Analysis
For this aspect of the research, I analyze screenshots of dating profiles, focusing on the written bio, photos, and preset labels to understand how people construct a sense of self identity and ask what draws them to others. Usernames and photos will be altered to protect your identity.

Interview
Interviews are 30-minutes long and aim to understand your online dating story. I utilize open-ended questions that look to understand how language, photos, and technology work together to facilitate connection. Your identity will be protected through a username and interviews will be conducted in person, on the phone, or online through video chat.

Digital Dating UX
A 30-minute user-experience (UX) will be recorded to capture a typical session of online dating activities. The recording will capture the moves you make on the phone or computer while navigating through the site, swiping, liking, passing, clicking, and/or messaging, while talking through the process.  This is called a ‘think-aloud protocol” where you say whatever comes to mind while navigating. Your face is not recorded; only your voice and screen.

Interested in participating?
Review the consent form and fill out the contact form.
Your identity will remain completely confidential. 

 

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