Essays about internet dating

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Marked by constant change, postmodern society now "infiltrates every sphere of social life" (Morgado, 1996, p44).

One such developing interest to researchers is the way humans create and re-create their personal identities.

The notion of possible selves can be used to better understand ways that "cognitive bridges between the present and the future, specifying how individuals may change from how they are now to what they will become" (p961, cited in Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p737).

Moreover, Wurf and Markus (1991) predicted that the re-construction of identity "involves a multi-step process of development, validation, and redevelopment" (cited in Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p738).

Keywords Identity; Internet Dating; Social Capital; Social Support; Symbolic Interactionist Perspective From a historical perspective, "Internet dating" can be tracked back to the mid-1960s when early computers were used to match individuals by comparing data derived from questionnaires.

The technology of using a computer to bring humans together was promoted as "scientific" and the use of the computer for this purpose rapidly gained popularity in the United States and Germany (Hardey, 2002, p571).

An individual's identity can be defined as the "cognitive and affective understanding of who and what we are" (Schouten, 1991, p413).

This article clarifies issues surrounding the phenomenon of Internet dating.Love, Intimacy, and Technology While movies, books, plays, and love songs certainly provide all individuals with a distorted view of both love and intimacy in today’s day and age, It also seems that it does not matter where love is mentioned or in what it is mentioned in people act like starved animals that are in need of a steak dinner.As a result all the information about love and romance and relationships that is available to individuals may provide them with a dreamy and fanciful view of love and intimacy in the digital age.It is also true that technology and the many advancements of mobile communication that are available to help people navigate their daily lives no matter where they live in the world is extensive and overwhelming Modern individuals that live in the digital age are turning their backs on the traditional relationships customs of the past and seem to be creating and developing their own way of cultivating personal relationships with other human beings.For example due to much advancement of technology and the effects it has on the world’s interaction with each other as a whole the old way of cultivating, maintaining, and restoring relationships with individuals are becoming extinct in favor of the enjoyment of interacting with anyone and everyone via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, instant and text messages, social media sites, which are all the rage today but these same means of interacting with human beings will become obsolete as soon as someone decides to either create or develop a new way to both interact with others and accomplish the daily tasks that are associated with normal functions of life on earth.The first category can be described as "now selves." Now selves "describe the self as it is presently is perceived by the individual." Another potential category is "possible selves." Possible selves are "images of the self that have not yet been realized but that are hoped for or feared (Markus & Nurius, 1986, p957, cited in Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p737).

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