It will only take into consideration the experiences of 4 users from the Ottawa, Ontario Plenty of Fish community.Included in this sample size are 4 men between the ages of 23 and 30.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.
Not having any personal experience of utilizing online dating communities, my interest is founded in the concept that such an inherently human and private matter of finding a romantic partner is being administered in a public, online domain.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.What are the negative/unsuccessful aspects of the community?As for delimitations, I will focus specifically on the free online dating community, Plenty of Fish, and users who are aged 23-30 living in Ottawa, Ontario.In the following research study, I aim to examine user’s experience of the online dating community, Plenty of Fish (POF).
The experience a user has is based upon their reasons for participating, the level of their involvement in the community, and the qualities the community offers to its users.
The quick, efficient manner of Internet-based medias allow for easy access to users who want to examine a lot of content in an organized format within a short amount of time.
This concept is ideal for facilitating online dating networks where users seek to explore many users with the same intimate-based goals for using the community.
The prevalence of online dating is also a signifier of the over-stimulated and excessive nature of current society.
Generally, society is accustom to having wide varieties of everything from cereal to cars to choose from, and online dating contributes to this notion because it provides a large body of potential lovers to choose from.
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.