Computer mediated communication and online dating
The goal of their review was to evaluate whether online dating was 1) fundamentally different from face-to-face dating and 2) was superior.
Results of their assessment indicated that dating online was indeed different from "traditional" dating in a number of ways.
Prior to this course, I never actually spent time thinking about how abbreviations changed conversations.
I now realize how concise a message could truly be with the use of abbreviations, but at the same time, how they could be harming my spelling skills.
Others have stories filled with confusion and frustration.
Thus, much like any other way to date, meeting someone online has both benefits and drawbacks. As it turns out, a simple analysis of the pros and cons of online dating can help out a great deal.
As a result, it is harder to evaluate a potential match online.
Pros: Many online dating sites offer various types of personality testing and matching.
Even one of my friends (who takes this course) has changed his/her behavior on social media throughout this course.
While this may be a coincidence, I think this person finally realize the importance of being self-reflective and filtering what he/she posts on the Internet.
For the busy professional, or the safety-conscious, such communication is an excellent way to "test" potential partners.
Cons: Communication through computers is lacking some of the information provided in face-to-face interaction.
This is especially true for individuals interested in partners of a particular type, orientation, lifestyle, or in isolated areas.