“Here's me in a nutshell”: the textual performance of self in male online dating profiles

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“Here's me in a nutshell”: the textual performance of self in male online dating profiles

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Deborah B. en
dc.contributor.author Lindsay, Stefanie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-13T13:59:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-13T13:59:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-13
dc.date.submitted 2012 Spring en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/13293
dc.description Title from PDF of title page, viewed on March 13, 2012 en
dc.description Thesis advisor: Deborah B. Smith en
dc.description Vita en
dc.description Includes bibliographic references (p. 86-89) en
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Sociology. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012 en
dc.description.abstract Online dating has fast become an acceptable avenue through which to pursue romantic partners in the United States. Approximately one it ten American internet-using adults—16 million people—have personally visited dating websites (Madden & Lenhart 2006). Previous literature about online dating relies primarily on self-reported online dating behaviors as data and focuses on the differences between computer mediated communication and face-to-face interactions. This study adds to previous scholarship by analyzing the textual content posted in the free-write sections of dating profiles on Match.com. My sample consists of Match.com profiles of 60 white males from medium-sized Midwest metropolitan areas who have never been married and who do not have children. Erving Goffman's theory the performance of self has only been applied to our face-to-face encounters. However, findings from this study indicate that in many cases certain face-to-face dating behaviors such as “Small Talk” are reproduced in textual content in online dating profiles. Applying the relevance of Goffman's theory of the performance of self to online textual exchanges suggests that the traditional and online dating behaviors can be quite similar regardless of whether they take place in physical or virtual space. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- Literature review -- Methodology -- Findings -- Discussion and conclusions -- Appendix A. Examples of closed-ended questions -- Appendix B. My Complete Match.com Profile (screenshot) en
dc.format.extent v, 90 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Kansas City en
dc.subject.lcsh Online dating en
dc.subject.lcsh Social interaction en
dc.subject.lcsh Self-evaluation en
dc.subject.other Thesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Sociology en
dc.title “Here's me in a nutshell”: the textual performance of self in male online dating profiles en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Kansas City en
thesis.degree.name M.A. en
thesis.degree.level Masters en


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