Presentation of Self on Online Dating sites. Dr. Monica Whitty Queen’s University Belfast firstname.lastname@example.org Invited talk: Bath University ESRC series: 30 th Janurary 2006. Personal Ads. “Reminiscent of a heterosexual stock market" Favourable traits
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Dr. Monica Whitty
Queen’s University Belfast
Invited talk: Bath University ESRC series: 30th Janurary 2006
Wealthy, entrepreneurial, fun loving, energetic, playful, said to be handsome, single WM, thirtyish. Seeks cute, young, petite, single WF for travel-mate and all around companion. No B.S., no gold-diggers, sincere only need apply…
e.g., single women with children tended to omit any mention of having children in their personal ads.Selective truth telling
Discrepancy between their ideal partner and the person who is realistically interested in their profile.Finding the ‘ideal’ partner
Send many emails out hoping someone will respondPerfect match or Numbers game?
Whitty, M. T. (2003). Cyber-flirting: Playing at love on the Internet. Theory and Psychology, 13 (3),339-357.
Whitty, M T. (2004). Shopping for Love on the Internet: Men and Women's experiences of using an Australian Internet dating site. Communication Research in the Public Interest: ICA, New Orleans, USA,May 27-31, 2004.
Whitty, M. T. & Carr, A. N. (2006). Cyberspace romance: The psychology of online relationships. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Whitty, M. T. (forthcoming). The joys of online dating. In E. Konjin, T. Martin., S. Utz, & A. Linden. (Eds.), Mediated Interpersonal Communication. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Whitty, M. T. (forthcoming). Manipulation of self in cyberspace. In B. H. Spitzberg, & W. R. Cupach. (Eds.), The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication (second edition). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Whitty, M. T. (forthcoming). Love letters: The development of romantic relationships throughout the ages. In A. N. Joinson, K. Y. A. McKenna, T. Postmes, and U. R. Reips. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Whitty, M. T., Baker, A. J., & Inman, J. A. (Eds.) (in preparation). Online matchmaking. Palgrave Macmillan. To be published in 2006