- The Online Self
- Impression Management and Self-Presentation Online
- The Myth of the Digital Native and What It Means for Higher Education
- Technology Interference in Couple and Family Relationships
- Textese: Language in the Online World
- The Social Consequences of Online Interaction
- Online Support Communities
- Digital Inclusion for People with an Intellectual Disability
- The Psychology of Online Lurking
- Social Media and Cyberactivism
- Socially Connecting Through Blogs and Vlogs: A Social Connections Approach to Blogging and Vlogging Motivation
- Positive Aspects of Social Media
- Managing Your Health Online: Issues in the Selection, Curation, and Sharing of Digital Health Information
- A Psychological Overview of Gaming Disorder
- Video Games and Behavior Change
- Psychosocial Effects of Gaming
- Enacting Immorality Within Gamespace: Where Should We Draw the Line, and Why?
- Gaming Classifications and Player Demographics
- The Rise of Cybercrime
- Cybercrime and You: How Criminals Attack and the Human Factors That They Seek to Exploit
- The Group Element of Cybercrime: Types, Dynamics, and Criminal Operations
- Cultural Considerations on Online Interactions
- Online Romantic Relationships
- Uses and Gratifications of Social Media: Who Uses It and Why?
- Game Transfer Phenomena: Origin, Development, and Contributions to the Video Game Research Field
- Conceptualizing Online Groups as Multidimensional Networks
- Image Sharing on Social Networking Sites: Who, What, Why, and So What?
- Cyberpsychology Research Methods
- Adolescent and Emerging Adult Perception and Participation in Problematic and Risky Online Behavior
- Policing Cybercrime through Law Enforcement and Industry Mechanisms
- The Therapeutic and Health Benefits of Playing Video Games
- Personality and Internet Use: The Case of Introversion and Extroversion
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Joanne Lloyd, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Alison Attrill-Smith, Cyberpsychology Research, University of Wolverhampton
Chris Fullwood, University of Wolverhampton, UK
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