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.
The users of a free community may be less serious, or less involved with utilizing the service compared to users who pay to be members of an inclusive community.
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.
In contrast to social networking sites, online dating communities are tailored specifically to users who are looking for a romantic partner, connection, or encounter.
This deals with the user’s reasons for joining, their activities and usage of the community, their perception of the community, and their opinions of positive and negative aspects of the community.
Within this perspective, my position as a researcher constantly be taken into account because my view of the topics and content found will naturally impact the interpretations I make.
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.
Why do users join and participate in online dating communities?
And, what are positive/successful aspects of the community?
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.
Choosing an online love interest allows users to be very picky in terms of the qualities they are looking for in a partner.