Emotions online dating community
The users of a free community may be less serious, or less involved with utilizing the service compared to users who pay to be members of an inclusive community.
The free quality of Plenty of Fish could also mean that it has a more diverse body of users due to its inclusivity.
Why do users join and participate in online dating communities?
Based on these interpretations, I aim to describe the essence of the online dating phenomenon within the context of the Plenty of Fish community.
In the following research study, I aim to examine user’s experience of the online dating community, Plenty of Fish (POF).
The experience a user has is based upon their reasons for participating, the level of their involvement in the community, and the qualities the community offers to its users.
Although this sample will provide only a snapshot of a very particular area (city of Ottawa and the Plenty of Fish community) from the male point of view, it demonstrates the overall phenomenon of online dating communities and will display concepts common to the general experience of online daters involved in Internet dating communities.
This is a hermeneutical phenomenological study wherein the central purpose is to interpret and describe the user’s experience of the Plenty of Fish online dating community.