Title

How Online Dating Has Affected Courtship Rituals in the Willamette Valley of Oregon

Date

5-28-2015 11:00 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:30 AM

Location

Instructional Technology Center (ITC) 211

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Shirley Heying

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The increased use of online dating has raised various questions regarding shifts in contemporary courtship rituals. To better understand these effects, I conducted a general literature review and an ethnographic research project in the Willamette Valley of Oregon working with 10 adult participants over a 6-month period. I discuss how the use of online dating has changed over the past 20+ years and how public perspectives towards the practice have shifted. I conclude by delineating the role online services play in the courtship rituals of adults looking for relationship and love, and demonstrate the need for further research.

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How Online Dating Has Affected Courtship Rituals in the Willamette Valley of Oregon

Instructional Technology Center (ITC) 211

The increased use of online dating has raised various questions regarding shifts in contemporary courtship rituals. To better understand these effects, I conducted a general literature review and an ethnographic research project in the Willamette Valley of Oregon working with 10 adult participants over a 6-month period. I discuss how the use of online dating has changed over the past 20+ years and how public perspectives towards the practice have shifted. I conclude by delineating the role online services play in the courtship rituals of adults looking for relationship and love, and demonstrate the need for further research.