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Handling Impressions On The Web: Self-Presentation Processes into the Internet Dating Environment

Nicole Ellison, Rebecca Heino, Jennifer Gibbs, Managing Impressions Online: Self-Presentation Processes into the internet dating Environment, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, amount 11, problem 2, 1 January 2006, Pages 415–441


This research investigates self-presentation techniques among internet dating participants, checking out just just how individuals handle their online presentation of self to be able to achieve the aim of getting a partner that is romantic. Thirty-four people active on a large online dating service took part in phone interviews about their internet dating experiences and perceptions. Qualitative information analysis implies that participants dealt with little cues online, mediated the tension between impression administration pressures together with want to provide a sense that is authentic of through techniques such as for example making a profile that reflected their “ideal self, ” and attempted to establish the veracity of these identification claims. This research provides empirical help for Social Suggestions Processing concept in a naturalistic context and will be offering understanding of the complicated manner in which “honesty” is enacted online.


The internet dating arena represents a way to report changing social norms surrounding technology-mediated relationship development also to gain understanding of essential areas of online behavior, such as for instance impression development and self-presentation techniques. Mixed-mode relationships, wherein people very first meet on the web and then go offline, challenge founded theories that concentrate on solely online relationships and offer possibilities for brand new theory development (Walther & Parks, 2002). Although past studies have explored relationship development and self-presentation online (Bargh, McKenna, & Fitzsimons, 2002; McLaughlin, Osbourne, & Ellison, 1997; Parks & Floyd, 1996; Roberts & Parks, 1999; Utz, 2000), the online dating sites forum is qualitatively not the same as a number of other online settings as a result of expectation of face-to-face connection inherent in this context (Gibbs, Ellison, & Heino, 2006) together with proven fact that social techniques continue to be nascent. (more…)