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Dating and intimacy in the 21st century : the use of online dating sites in Australia

Henry-Waring, Millsom & Barraket, Jo (2008) Dating and intimacy in the 21st century : the use of online dating sites in Australia. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 6(1), pp. 14-33.

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Abstract

This article examines the growing phenomenon of online dating and intimacy in the 21st century. The exponential rise of communications technologies, which is both reflective and constitutive of an increasingly networked and globalized society, has the potential to significantly influence the nature of intimacy in everyday life. Yet, to date, there has been a minimal response by sociologists to seek, describe and understand this influence. In this article, we present some of the key findings of our research on online dating in Australia, in order to foster a debate about the sociological impacts on intimacy in the postmodern world. Based on a web audit of more than 60 online dating sites and in-depth interviews with 23 users of online dating services, we argue that recent global trends are influencing the uptake of online technologies for the purposes of forming intimate relations. Further, some of the mediating effects of these technologies – in particular, the hypercommunication – may have specific implications for the nature of intimacy in the global era.

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ID Code: 32317
Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1835-8780
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 20 May 2010 12:21
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:01

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