Social effects of online dating
The 2010 National Psychology Week (NPW) research project sought to explore the social and psychological impact of online social networking in Australian adults with a focus on: This article presents the findings of the research project, which generated a large amount of attention during this year’s National Psychology Week.A set of tips to promote positive online social networking were developed to accompany the media release about the NPW survey findings.The hormone is basically seeking physical attention and the butterfly wants to make a lot of acquaintances.Finally, the seeker is interested in a dating agenda but isnt set on what they are looking for.Such sites present huge marketing and business potential, untapped by marketers. Last year alone, the percentage of marriages in which the couple met on a dating site accounted for 17% of all.The number of people engaged in romantic relationships is higher.Increasingly, studies are indicating that social networking has a positive impact on social connectedness and wellbeing (Valkenburg & Peter, 2009; Ofcom, 2008).However, negatives are evident (Cross et al., 2009), with much media attention focused on the ‘dangers’ of online social networking such as bullying and inappropriate use of personal information.
Whether it's out of revenge, loneliness, curiosity or boredom, an emerging class of Internet predators cite dozens of reasons for scamming their way into romantic relationships with unsuspecting victims seeking love online.Expanding your social network beyond your familiar circle of friends can have surprising benefits.It's those weak ties that bring fresh ideas and unexpected opportunities: a job, an apartment, a mate.The emergence of such elaborate social schemes online was brought to light in a shocking way in the 2010 documentary 'Catfish,' in which 28-year-old Nev Schulman fell in love with a gorgeous young woman's Facebook profile and her voice over the phone - both of which turned out to belong to a middle-aged wife and mother.The potential victims always come to Schulman with a similar list of questions for their online lovers: 'Why does he refuse to chat via web cam? '; and finally, 'Why does it just seem too good to be true?
For those worried that online dating sites are pools for sex offenders, statistics reveal that only 10 % of them use dating sites to meet people.