Specific websites have been designed to target certain relationships including heterosexual, homosexual, transgender, casual sex, and fetish/fantasy relationships.As a Western society, we have accepted relationships initiated from the internet.This book chapter will also look at the negative aspects that deter individuals from using online dating websites. Cyberspace romance: The psychology of online relationships. This book chapter with explore several psychological theories, such as Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Uncertainty reduction theory and Interpersonal deception theory to help explain the motivation to initiate, develop, and maintain relationships in the cyberspace. This increases communication in an online relationship. Dating & intimacy in the 21stcentury: The use of online dating sites in Australia. Motivation To Reduce Uncertainty: A Reconceptualization of Uncertainty Reduction Theory. This is supported by Carr and Walther’s (2014) non-verbal cues. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 6(1), 14-33. Seligman explains, when we are alone, we lose perspective on the world and must depend on relationships to remain grounded. Maslow's hierarchy of needs - "five stages" Human need for interpersonal relationships can impact the individual's ability to form and maintain all emotionally significant relationships.
Many websites are tailored for different needs, such as e Harmony and Tinder, for different audience with the similar needs. targets the more extreme fetishes and dominate and submissive relationships.
During this period, more than 50 million messages are sent, 5 million photos are uploaded, and an estimated 1 million dates will take place.
Reeve (2009) defines motivation as the energy, intensity and direction behind the behaviour of a individual.
The motivation to use the internet has become increasingly popular to find all types of relationships.
One in ten singles are using the internet or mobile applications to find partners (Madden & Lenhart, 2006).