Online Matchmaking examines the joys, fears, and disappointments of hooking up with people in cyberspace. Unlike many other books in the field, this collection includes studies by experts from a range of disciplines including Communications, Cultural Studies, Health, Journalism, Psychology, Rhetoric, and Sociology.
List of Tables Preface Acknowledgements Notes On Contributors Introduction; M.T.Whitty PART 1: DEFINING ONLINE MATCHMAKING From the BBS to the Web: Tracing the Spaces of Online Romance; D.N.DeVoss Cyborgasms: Ten Years On and Not Enough Learned; R.Hamman Scripting the Rules for Mars and Venus: Advice Literature and Online Dating; S.Paasonen PART 2: PRESENTATION OF SELF TO ATTRACT LOVERS The Art of Selling One's 'Self' on an Online Dating Site: The BAR Approach; M.T.Whitty Examining Personal Ads and Job Ads; A.Horning How Do I Love Thee and Thee and Thee: Self-presentation, Deception, and Multiple Relationships Online; J.M.Albright PART 3: ONLINE DATING PROGRESSION TO FACE-TO-FACE: SUCCESS OR FAILURE? Expressing Emotion in Text: Email Communication of Online Couples; A.J.Baker A Progressive Affair: Online Dating to Real World Mating; K.Y.A.McKenna PART 4: DARKER SIDES OF ONLINE DATING Cyber-Stalking as (Mis)Matchmaking; B.H.Spitzberg & W.R.Cupach Cyber-Victimization and Online Dating; R.A.Jerin & B.Dolinsky PART 5: ONLINE DATING SUB-GROUPS Sexual Orientation Moderates Online Sexual Activities; R.M.Mathy Whips and Chains? Fact or Fiction?: Content Analysis of Sadomasochism in Internet Personal Advertisements; D.K.Wysocki & J.Thalken Conclusion: M.T.Whitty Author Index Subject Index