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From flirting to breaking up, social media and mobile phones are woven into teens’ romantic lives.
This report details how teens are using technology and the internet to shape and mold their romantic relationships.
This essay features teens voices as they describe their experience navigating dating in the digital age.
The internet, cell phones and social media have become key actors in the lives of many American couples.
The most frequent offender was weight, with daters either adding or shaving off an average of 5%.
Daters were more truthful about their age (1.5% deviation) and height (1.1% deviation).
An online dating site has gauged the response rate by analysing more than 500,000 initial contacts sent by their members (oktrends, 2009).
Recipients answered only 30% of men’s messages to women and 45% of women’s messages to men.
Although opposites don’t tend to attract, by its nature internet dating does encourage diverse matches.
Although 94% deny their internet dating profiles contain any fibs (Gibbs et al., 2006), psychologists are a suspicious lot. (2008) measured the heights and weights of 80 internet daters, as well as checking their driving licences for their real age.
When this data was compared with their profiles, it showed that nine out of ten had lied on at least one of the attributes measured, but the lies were only small ones.
But, over the years, we’ve heard conflicting stories about how successful it is.
Believe the internet dating companies and it’s all sweetness and light, with wedding bells ringing in the distance; believe the media scare stories and it’s all lying, cheating, perverted social misfits. Fortunately, now there’s enough research to suggest what’s really going on.
Most people want to meet up eventually so they know big lies are going to be caught. Even without Photoshop to iron out the wrinkles, camera angles and lighting can easily change perceived attractiveness.