Kang from the study said he’d been on

Kang and Hoffman (2011)
found that a total number of tasks a person performs on the Internet to be a
significant predictor of online dating. Couch and Liamputtong (2008) explored
differences in demographic conditions that led to online dating and found that
seeking a soul mate, sex, fun, relaxation, boredom, and “it’s easier to
meet people” were among key motivations. Changing personal circumstances
were also factors for online dating, specifically busy work schedules, friends
becoming partnered, having children, not being able to go out much, separating
from a partner and moving to a new city (Couch & Liamputtong, 2008).


            The technical features of the Internet allow people to
connect across large physical distances, but surprisingly, in the Couch and
Liamputtong study, location and proximity were important considerations for
online daters. In reference to ease and convenience, some participants were
only using online dating for casual sex. One man from the study said he’d been
on 40 dates and claimed to have had sex with all of his matches (Couch &
Liamputtong, 2008). Indeed, a large body of research suggest that the Internet
facilitates increased numbers of sexual meetings (Cooper et al., 2003; Bull et
al., 2004; Hardey, 2004; Daneback, 2006), but other research supports online
dating and its ability to create enduring relationships (Whitty & Carr,
2006; Baker, 2002).

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            Some scholars contend that relationships beginning on the
Internet successfully extend beyond the web (Whitty & Gavin, 2001). The
duration of time spent chatting online before meeting face to face was explored
in Whitty’s 2003 study of 30 men and 30 women. From this sample, 65% of daters
said they met their date within a week of chatting online and 11% said they met
within a month of initial contact (Whitty & Carr, 2006).


            The majority (91%) of participants hoped to find a
long-term relationship by means of online dating, while others were seeking
casual sex (12%). Ten percent of subjects said they were attracted to online
dating because of social anxiety and considered themselves shy people. Nearly
half (47%) of individuals said a large number of potential matches appealed to
them, while 67% felt they had no other option because of personal reasons
(Whitty & Carr, 2006).Additionally, 35% of respondents talked about liking
the convenience of online dating, meaning they could access and browse dating
sites in their own home.


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