Adult social network dating
In addition to that, the internet and Social Media made it possible to connect people who have never seen each other before and therefore change the whole process of dating (Lawson & Leck, 2006).
As life is seen as more fluent, there is also a different, faster pace in relationships.
The digital self (Schau & Gilly, 2003) which describes how people present themselves in Social Media is full of lying, editing and faking.
Therefore the new possibility of dating through Social Media became even more relevant, especially for Generation Y, which could be just as well called smartphone generation (Stampler, 2014). This might also be the reason why especially the younger generations tend to upload shirtless or bikini pictures on Social Media and dating apps. The motivations of online dating can differ a lot but in general we can state the following as the most common reasons for registering on an online dating platform (Sumter, Vandenbosch & Ligtenberg, 2016): So let’s have a closer look on the reasons why young adults decide on registering for online dating. Jin and Martin (2016) compare online dating with shopping, as there is the possibility to first look at a major amount of potential partners (or clothes), and then at end just contact the ones who seem most interesting (or buy the favorite piece). This comparison already shows that online dating and Social Media brought some trouble in the 21st century dating life.