Title

Changing Courtship Practices in the Willamette Valley: The Impact of Online Dating

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 9:30 AM

Location

Hamersly Library (HL 107)

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe and Robin Smith

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Robin Smith

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Over the last twenty years online dating has become an important alternative to traditional methods of finding love in the U.S. I propose to investigate why single adults in the Willamette Valley who are searching for long term committed relationships are choosing online dating over traditional courtship practices. This study will use written surveys and face-to-face ethnographic interviews to understand the motivations of online daters as well as the outcomes they experience. I expect to gain an understanding of how online dating is changing courtship practices and the potential consequences for individuals and society.

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May 29th, 9:00 AM May 29th, 9:30 AM

Changing Courtship Practices in the Willamette Valley: The Impact of Online Dating

Hamersly Library (HL 107)

Over the last twenty years online dating has become an important alternative to traditional methods of finding love in the U.S. I propose to investigate why single adults in the Willamette Valley who are searching for long term committed relationships are choosing online dating over traditional courtship practices. This study will use written surveys and face-to-face ethnographic interviews to understand the motivations of online daters as well as the outcomes they experience. I expect to gain an understanding of how online dating is changing courtship practices and the potential consequences for individuals and society.