Because of profile questions, it is easy to find common interests with others.This allows relationships to move ahead in their development of friend to the stage of Friendly Relations. Wood states that in the friendly relations stage “each persons checks out the other to see whether common ground and interests exist” (Wood, 260).For online daters, this is when one might send a message to someone else highlight common interests highlighted on their profiles and asks more about the shared interest. These firsts messages are violating a type of Communication Rule called Regulative Rules.
If someone was to be wearing a suite one might perceive the user as a business professional that has a steady income.After the profile is up and running it is now time to start exploring others profiles.These profiles are what the online sites use to put the user in to a database to match interest and capability with others.To create these profiles many users without knowing use the perspective of The Generalized Other. Wood in her book Interpersonal Communication Everyday Encounters, describes it as “the perspective that reflects the views generally hold by others in a society.”(Wood, 49) Users take of the perspective of the generalized other when answering their profile questions to try to understand how others might view them when looking at their profile.With the growth of social media and technological advances, it seems only natural for online dating sites to become more popular and accepted.
Online dating has started to effect the way relationships form.
Online dating sties have taken off in the last few years.
The Washington Post reported “More than twice as many couples who married last year met through online dating services than at a club or social event, according to a new survey commissioned by Match.com”.
Another issue that users should be aware is that when looking at others interests we can easily Stereotype others. Wood describes a stereotype as “a predictive generalization applied to a person or situation”(Wood p.71) For example, if someone was looking at the online dating profile of someone who had hobbies as skateboarding, surfing, and video gaming.
They might stereotype him as immature or you might think he or she probably does not have a stable job but actually he or she might have a great job and be very mature but just happens to enjoy those interests.
The study showed that this happens to compensate for “face-to-face interaction”.