Getting It On ( Line ) : Sociological Perspectives On E Dating

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Introduction The article titled “Getting it on(line): Sociological perspectives on e-dating” written by Jo Barraket and Millsom S. Henry-Waring focused on various views of online dating in a sociological aspect. The authors argue that “further sociological consideration of the online dating phenomenon is required to: illuminate the social conditions informing these activities; enhance knowledge of if, and how, online technologies mediate intimate connections; and advance a critically informed understanding of the nature of intimacy in a global era”(Barraket and Henry-Waring 2008). The main point of the article is to discuss the emergence of online dating in society and how it affects intimacy. Intimacy is described as an “emotional/romantic and/or sexual relations between adults, ranging from one-off interactions to sustained offline relationships”(Barraket and Henry-Waring 2008). In comparison, online dating is a “purposeful form of meeting new people through specifically designed internet sites” (Barraket and Henry-Waring 2008). However, this paper compares the concept of online dating and traditional face-to-face dating in aspects of gender roles, attractiveness and intimacy. It further discusses the influence of technology on individuals and how this affects the concept of families. Through the analysis of empirical data, the factors that influence relationship building through online dating will be explored. The prevalence of technology in the modern era is debated to
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