Is online dating considered social networking
Social Media only represents one side, the good and shiny one.
This should be kept in mind especially when dating through Social Media or judging people because of pictures uploaded somewhere online.
As constantly comparing ourselves with others due to Social Media, confidence is a problem of many Millennials, especially in dating.
In addition to that, online dating can also be seen as a romantic fantasy, where the ideal partner is constructed in the minds of the user.
Internet dating started off with people, who were lonely, shy or did not get any attention from their environment.
Regarding to Deuze (2016) people who have a high Social Media consumption are even more likely to have troubles in their relationships like e.g. “Keep all doors open at any time” (Baumann, 2003) tend to be the new motto of dating in the 21st century.The digital self (Schau & Gilly, 2003) which describes how people present themselves in Social Media is full of lying, editing and faking.When we think about ourselves, what do we post on Social Media channels like Instagram or Facebook? Online dating can clearly be seen as an adventure when taking into consideration the points of “Thrill of excitement” and “Casual sex”. To meet a person face-to-face you have only been talking to virtually before is definitely connected with excitement and nervousness.
In addition to that, the internet and Social Media made it possible to connect people who have never seen each other before and therefore change the whole process of dating (Lawson & Leck, 2006).