Examining Online Dating

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Over the course of history, the way that we interact as humans has evolved significantly. More specifically, the way that we interact with our significant others has changed as well. One of the most prevalent ways in which this transformation has been made is related to the usage of online dating or social media websites. Recently, an Oklahoma State University football player met his current girlfriend though twitter and I claimed in a blog post that this was “Not Your Average Love Connection”. However, after examining several sources I found that this relationship is not as surprising as I initially thought. Within this paper I will examine not only the increase of online “love connections” but also the increase in the success rate of relationship like these.

Before examining the success rate of online relationships, it is important to observe the increase in popularity of online dating. According to a study conducted by Aaron Smith, senior researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project,

“One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or who has found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating. General public attitudes towards online dating have become much more positive in recent years, and social networking sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to navigating and documenting romantic relationships. These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era…”(Smith)

This study shows a significant increase from 2008, when only 3 percent of the U.S. population had used online dating. Journalist Ronald Vyhmeister attributes online dating’s popularity to the fact that people do not have the time to go out on dates and lack the patience that is required with traditional dating methods. Perhaps more surprisingly is the fact that the audience for online dating has increased as well. People tend to generally associate online dating with teenagers, however has become popular among user who may be in their 40s, 50s or even 60s. Regardless of the reason why people are experimenting with online dating, it seems as if this social revolution is not going to reach an end soon. The current statistics show that everyday more and more people are turning to online dating or social networks to find friendship, dating and even marriage.

 

Even though the popularity of online dating through social media and dating sites has gained in popularity, I was very skeptical in the success rate of such sites. A study done by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS, negated my skepticism.  According to this study,

“This study examines the marital status and satisfaction of 19,131 people who tied the knot between 2005 and 2012. Of the nearly 20,000 respondents, 35 percent met their spouses online. Within that group, nearly half met through online dating sites, “whose number of users has increased dramatically just over the past decade,” according to the research. Others reported meeting their spouses through social media, chat rooms, and e-mail, among other online venues. And while the research found that nearly 8 percent of marriages initiated offline ended in breakups, couples who met online reported lower rates of separation and divorce at only 6 percent.”(Choi)

After reading and examining this study I was able to conclude that online dating is not only becoming more popular, but also it is becoming more successful. Even though I had thought the relationship that I highlighted on blog earlier this semester was “one in a million”, in actuality statistics and studies show that successful online “love connections” are made every single day.

Overall, the increase of Internet usage has revolutionized how we work, play, search, shop, study and communicate. This increase of Internet usage, has also lead to a change in the way that people meet significant others. Initially, I surprised when first examining a story that discussed a successful relationship that was started through Twitter. However, after examining several studies and statistics it has become apparent to me that online dating has become a part of our culture and is not only becoming more popular, but more successful as well. This can be largely attributed to the increase of Internet usage and the lack of time for people to participate in traditional dating practices. For me, it is a revolutionary concept to think that meeting the love of your life could literally be one click away.

Peyton Manning “Regretfully Declines” Fan’s Invite

Several weeks ago NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning received a wedding invitation. However, this was no ordinary invite and unfortunately Manning couldn’t make the wedding.The request came via a fan and Manning even sent his RSVP weeks late. For this fan though, they received  the souvenir of a lifetime.

Manning’s note “regretfully declining” the invite to a female fan’s wedding was posted online on Monday. The RSVP has been viewed more than a million times since and reached the top of Reddit’s front page. Here it is, complete with a “Best Wishes” and Manning’s autograph:

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After seeing the note, as a fan this is just a testament of how Manning is not only a great player, but also a great person. This was seen first hand by this fan who couldn’t be too disappointed by receiving the note and autograph by Peyton. 

NBA Player Apologizes After “Dis” On Twitter

NBA: Preseason-Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers

 

As an NBA veteran and a stereotypical tough guy, its no shock that Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers was ejected from his team’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. He was ejected after engaging in a minor scuffle when teammate Blake Griffin got tangled up with Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, Barnes rushed over to deliver a hard two-handed shove to Ibaka’s chest.

Shortly after he was sent to the locker room, Barnes posted a tweet using explicit language in which he said he was going to stop helping out his teammates due to mounting fines from the league. The post read: “I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these n***ers! All this sh*t does is cost me money..” Then, to no one’s surprise, Barnes returned to Twitter to offer this apology on Thursday

As a sports fan myself I enjoy following sports icons on Twitter because its a way of actually getting a sense of what a player is like of the court, playing field, etc. In some cases such as this I can’t help but wonder if each player should have an agent or representative who has to approve each of their posts on social media to help avoid incidents like these.

NBA Releases New Series of Commercials

I seemed as if it would be tough for the NBA to top its enormously successful 2012 holiday commercial, featuring some of its biggest players performing “Carol of the Bells” using only bouncing basketballs. But this year, the league has taken its holiday spirit to the next level with its latest ad which is a performance of “Jingle Bells,” featuring NBA stars and five hoops rigged with sleigh bells.

The video stars James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Steve Nash (L.A. Lakers), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) shooting three-pointers at the hoops in a carefully planned pattern. The result is a remarkable rendition of the Christmas classic, concluding with a slam dunk by Miami Heat’s LeBron James. The spot is a promotion for the Christmas Day uniforms that 10 teams will wear on Dec. 25.

This ad is just another example of how TV advertisements have changed and become more creative and interactive in recent history.

Click 4 Christmas

In today’s world there is often an association between social media and procrastination. While this connection can be true in many cases, it is my personal opinion that social media can be used for social good.  A simple way that this can be done would be for large corporations to sponsor a group or cause if they get a certain amount of Twitter followers or Facebook friends. Even though this concept could be used for many different types of organizations, I would like to see this concept created for my own organization entitled, “Click for Christmas”.  The concept and mission of this company would be allow for people to make a difference without ever having to invest time or make commitments.

Click for Christmas would be an organization that would use a Facebook or Twitter page and then make an agreement or contract with a large corporation. The corporation and Click for Christmas would then determine how much money the corporation would donate for every follower or friend. For an example, perhaps Click for Christmas was to have a partnership with Coca-Cola and it was determined that they would donate $1,000 for every 100 followers the Click for Christmas  Twitter page acquired. As the Twitter page grew in popularity, it would be very easy for the company to gross a large amount of money in a very short amount of time.

Click for Christmas would have several options based off of the amount of followers they would receive. My vision for the organization would be to help fund Christmas for families in need by purchasing food for meals as well as gifts. The distribution of these items could be done in various ways such as going door to door to donate the items in communities that are experiencing poverty. However, there are multiple other methods in which Click for Christmas would be able to make Christmas better for those in need. Another option includes holding holiday parties in these communities. Community members would then be invited to participate in holiday festivities that they typical would not be able to enjoy if it were not for Click for Christmas.

One of the most important aspects of this corporation is the fact that it has no cost for those who follow the page on Twitter or become friends on Facebook. The only real cost comes from the corporation that sponsors Click for Christmas. Also, through the donations made by the corporations, Click for Christmas would then be able to pay for those who work or manage the organization. This is what sets Click for Christmas apart from other similar organizations because people can make a difference without ever leaving their homes. Additionally, it is very common to see inspirational posts on social media to go viral in a very short amount of time and I can envision this being the case for an organization like Click for Christmas.

Also, Click for Christmas is company that would meet a major need in today’s society. According to, “A new poll by CBS News shows 50% of Americans are concerned they can’t afford presents this year, 21% surveyed said they are very concerned about affording gifts this year, and 29% said they were somewhat concerned.”(Holmquist)  Click for Christmas would be able to reduce these numbers by providing aid to those families who worry about whether they will be able to afford Christmas or not. Click for Christmas is also able to meet the needs of others without requiring the commitment of many volunteers, which there are becoming less and less of. According to an article by Heather Zydek, one of the main reasons why people do not volunteer is because of time commitments. With Click for Christmas people are empowered to make a difference with a simple click of a button.

Overall, Click for Christmas is an ideal way to use social media for social good. It very simply allows users to help and raise awareness for a cause without actually having to volunteer, make commitments, or invest time. This is also a perfect way for a corporation to advertise as well.  Through Click for Christmas, it can be concluded that social media can in fact, be used to create social good.