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date: 19 January 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of the variety of ways in which online romantic relationships are conducted. It discusses how existing relationships are played out in online spaces, with particular attention on the increasingly popular activity of seeking new relationships through online dating. It covers the wide array of dating sites and apps available and summarizes the available information about who uses them, how and when they use them, and why. Positive aspects of online relationships, such as convenience as well as control over the way individuals are able to present themselves, are discussed, along with more negative aspects, including the potential for “catfishing” and harmful online behaviors after a relationship breakup.

Keywords: Online relationships, online dating, catfishing, self-presentation, apps, technology

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