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Who is Everyone's Darling in Cyberspace? The Characteristics of Popular Online Daters

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Author(s): Chih-Chien Wang | Yi-Ting Wang

Journal: International Journal of Cyber Society and Education
ISSN 1995-6649

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Online Dating | Online Relationship | Dating Web Sites | Social Web Sites

ABSTRACT
Online dating current is a popular activity in cyberspace. More and more people make new friends and find their partners through online dating web sites. There is an interesting observation that some people are more popular than others in online dating web sites. The current study focuses on the personal profile characteristics that make one a popular dater. By two field surveys, this study discusses the relationship between online daters' personal profiles and their popularity. The first survey investigated 800 online daters' profiles from dating web sites. The statistical analysis results indicated thatphysical body types and looks, education level, occupation, personality, and interests were characteristics that influenced the popularity of online daters, while significant gender differences were found in the characteristics that related to popularity of online daters. The second survey searched 960 online daters with profiles of popular and unpopular characteristics. By observing the popularity of these online daters, it was found that those with "popular" characteristics also were the popular daters and those with "unpopular" characteristics were the unpopular daters. This may serve as evidence that the found personal profile characteristics were indeed factors influencing the popularity of the online daters.
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