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Although this sample will provide only a snapshot of a very particular area (city of Ottawa and the Plenty of Fish community) from the male point of view, it demonstrates the overall phenomenon of online dating communities and will display concepts common to the general experience of online daters involved in Internet dating communities.
This is a hermeneutical phenomenological study wherein the central purpose is to interpret and describe the user’s experience of the Plenty of Fish online dating community.
Societal changes have caused the most private of matters to be taken online.
Online communities of users seeking romantic connections by displaying themselves not only as users, but as a potential partners, is a signifier of the liberal, technologically-dependant era we are currently in.
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.
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.
Online dating communities are a growing industry, like social networking sites, and are similar in that they both provide interpersonal communication with others over the Internet.