Many may define dating as a stage in which two people come together with the potential of becoming more then acquaintances. It’s the stage of creating a romantic/sexual relationship in which most of us strive for. As online dating is itself a structured market, it may portray people as “objects” themselves. We consume to hinder uncertainties and satisfy our wants (Zakelj. T, Kocon. D, Svab. A, Kuhar. R, 2015, p. 10). With technology advances, connecting and meeting with people seems an easy venture. In order for someone to find companionship, stability, or be desired, dating consists of time invested in another person. This led me to question dating today and how people seem to be using the Tinder app to meet new people that may live in near proximity. I interviewed two people in order to question today’s dating practices. First interviewing my grandpa in order to understand dating back in his time. I then interviewed my friend who covers 18-24 year old target market of apps like Tinder. I was to question whether people preferred meeting offline initially or felt assisted with online social media networks in accessing personal information beforehand. I wanted to know if they thought it was fate offline or a proactive search online that determined more successful meetings.
Does online dating determine the level of offline success?
If we were to meet that special someone, how do we know that we have met the one for us? Is it at that place, at that time, with people we already know? I found this an interesting topic to research, identifying the importance of photograph selections in online profiles, how these applications allow for a greater scope of potential partners and how these platforms are used as a form of mobile entertainment. Through such storytelling I was able to consider the world through how today’s culture uses technological platforms to dispense information to the public (Barton.G and Bauguley.M, 2014, p. 94). As the project was “limited in time” (Terzieva. M and Morabito. V, 2016, p. 3) I was able to consider intuitive, incidental, retrospective and prospective approaches of learning (p. 4), particularly when conducting interviews and collecting secondary research, which questioned my “established knowledge” (Terzieva. M and Morabito. V, 2016, p. 3) on online dating framworks.
I decided to use Prezi, to create viewer interaction with the chosen layout illustrating buttoned paragraphs. I chose to then present this Prezi on my blog to demonstrate the cohesion with my past blogs to make use of people, media and space. Prezi doesn’t need to be linear, as people can skip certain pages. As online dating is particularly based on profile searching, I thought placing this on my blog would show how my work demonstrates research I have done, in identifying trends and past studies for others to question and interpret. Blogging has become a comfortable documentation and research tool for me to utilise, in which I felt that using it for this project would appropriate for others to question and give feedback.
During this project I felt challenged in the way of first presenting a topic that I found useful to research and second how to ask questions in my interviews to get adequate answers. Many have personal thoughts when it comes to engaging with online dating platforms in how they connect with others. I interviewed my grandpa, as his stories from his past inspired me to question current times in the way we communicate, particularly with technology. The idea of courtship was presented a lot during these past stories in the way respect was given differently. Another challenge would be that I myself couldn’t compare those days to now first hand, so with the little knowledge my grandpa had about technological applications I had to describe them. Before I conducted the interview, it was implied that I present prepared questions prior to achieve ease in conversation and validate my “curiosity in learning” (Jacka. M, 2016, p. 42). I was aware that project management research consisted of “treating a project in isolation” in which I was to deliver and “well-define” (Jiang.A and Klein.G, 2014, p. 15) the time to complete, to which I had to revolve around other subject constraints.
During this project I felt that using other people’s stories particularly in carrying out ethnographic research practice, allowed me to collaborate. I was able to outline similarities with today’s online generation and to also identify a sense of jealously when talking to my grandpa about not having technology as a key social saviour. A key focus when researching ‘online dating’ was the danger of meeting unknown personal. Information given may not be truthful therefore anyone could be misleading online. Media industries should consider how these programmes may encourage misleading identities and therefore harm to potential victims.
Even in social situations, people still used Tinder on their mobile phone. It would be interesting to further identify motivations of online dating apps in social contexts. Not only do these apps seem to connect people but then also manage to create discussion with already established relations. Therefore it would be interesting to identify how personality in written practices could overcome the initial appeal of one’s physical allure. People’s motivations need to be researched in how reliant the internet is, as this may determine the number of singles that never find their match.
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