Within this perspective, my position as a researcher constantly be taken into account because my view of the topics and content found will naturally impact the interpretations I make.
I will be making interpretations based on the lived experiences communicated to me in a textual form via MSN Messenger by users of Plenty of Fish.
Having heard about this particular site, POF, from various friends and coworkers, I considered it to be a good community to select as a context for user’s experiences.
Although it is an international website, users are grouped according to their local area, unless they wish to search users in a different, specific area.
About two years ago I arranged to meet for coffee with a woman I had corresponded with online.
The prevalence of online dating is also a signifier of the over-stimulated and excessive nature of current society.At this stage in life, individuals tend to lack the social outlets generally used to meet potential partners.That is to say, they are freshly out of school, new to their careers and are frequenting bars and other social functions less than they once were.After a few minutes, a woman came to my table, sat down and said with big smile, "Hi, I'm Chris!Increasingly, human interactions are being communicated by means of electronic, Internet-based medias.The free quality of Plenty of Fish could also mean that it has a more diverse body of users due to its inclusivity.Societal changes have caused the most private of matters to be taken online.Membership in this community is free, which differentiates it form other major dating communities like e Harmony, Lava Life or The users of a free community may be less serious, or less involved with utilizing the service compared to users who pay to be members of an inclusive community.Concerning limitations, this pilot study provides only a micro example of the experience of an online dating community.It will only take into consideration the experiences of 4 users from the Ottawa, Ontario Plenty of Fish community.