Chavez 1 Roxanna Chavez Prof. Stavast English 100 12/2/12
Can you really ﬁnd love online?
Online Dating these days has become a social norm. When we are younger our parents teach us not to talk to strangers. So what is the difference now? Is it because we are now considered adults… Or because computers are more readily available? The way our parents grew up is completely different then how we did. Things such as people living together before marriage or having a child out of wedlock were taboo back then, now they are just about everywhere you look. So we have all heard of E-Harmony and Match.com but people also meet on Facebook and various other apps on smart phones like Let's Date and Me U Meet. What i know about online dating is you meet someone usually based off their looks, then i assume second their interests and third their personality. The reason i chose this subject to do my research on is my sister samantha she actually did the whole Eharmony thing and met a guy. I myself ﬁnd this to be a scary thing meeting someone that you have only emailed and text messaging how on earth can anyone be ok with this. When people send pictures one must have to wonder if it really is the person you have been speaking to or did someone else just copy and paste some photos. The reason i believe most people are more at ease about meeting people online is because of the fear Chavez 2 of rejection. And lets face it most likely if you aren't the best looking person its a lot easier to meet people by using someone else's photo. By using someone else's photo you are delaying rejection, even though you are still most likely going to be rejected when you come clean. If not for the looks for the simple reason you have been lying to a person. There are many other risks one must consider before meeting a stranger, such as they could rape kidnap or even kill you.
We as children are raised with the fear instilled from parents "stranger danger". So for research Professor Stavast gave me a great idea to create an online proﬁle and try it out for myself, I am personally really excited to try this out. So here are some questions that i have going into this. Why would our parents instill "stranger danger" in us? What are they so scared of? What is the difference between society in our parents day then in ours? Is the difference that they used technology for research and homework and we use it for socializing? How do you know if you can trust someone you have never met before? Is it going to be easy or hard to meet people willing to date the fake me so fast? Will i be able to convince people to cheat on their wife or girlfriend? What makes people so trusting in strangers? If i make a fake proﬁle will someone realize it? And ﬁnally can you really ﬁnd love online? So to start off I searched for pretty girls on Facebook to make my fake proﬁle. I had to search for people i did not know because I felt bad stealing someone else's photo's. So when I came upon brittany millers Facebook i kew immediately she was the one. Pretty, single, blonde, and a good physique I knew she would be a hit online. So I downloaded her photos and started making the fake proﬁle. My sister was here with me so we talked and decided that her fake name should be Khloe Jackson, i unfortunately could not use my own email because i have a Facebook so i made her a gmail account which is firstname.lastname@example.org, jackson 5 was a Chavez 3 coincidence. I then began to upload her photos and began to ﬁll out her about me and all the other info and began my search for friends. The way i looked for friends was by searching for a general name Tom Ford no luck so i decided Chris Johnson and i found a great friend that i thought Khloe would like. So i friend requested and went through his friends and just continued to do that for around 20 minutes but within 10 minutes of making the proﬁle Khloe had 10 male friends and someone had liked her photos. Then Kloe gets an I.M. the guy even went...
Cited: CATFISH. Dir. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Perf. Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, and Henry Joost. 2010. DVD. Two filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman record ariel 's brothers growing online
relationship with a woman named Megan Faccio. Yaniv meets Megan through her younger sister Abby, when she sends a painting that she did of one of Yaniv 's pictures he took, because he is a professional photographer. So through facebook yaniv talks to Abby, Angela the girls mother who is the one that sends the paintings. So when things start to unravel and megan being get caught up in her lies, the guys question if anything she even said is true. So they go down to Ishpeming, Michigan to see the family and what is really going on. When they see the mother angela and she is not who she really pretended to be on FaceBook nor is anything except the house. Later on in the movie they foind out that angela just made up everything including Yaniv 's love Megan. Chavez, Samantha. "Samantha Chavez." Telephone interview. 05 Dec. 2012. Grohol, John M., PSYD. "Who Uses Internet Dating? | World of Psychology." Psych Central.com. N.p., 18 July 2009. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. "Looking for Love: Researchers Put Online Dating to the Test." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 Jan. 2012. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. McCarthy, Ellen. "Marriage-minded Do Better Online than at Bars, Survey Claims." The Washington Post [Washington] 25 Apr. 2010: n. pag. Print. Finds that a survey preformed by match.com that 17 percent of Chavez 10 the couples that met online actually got married. Online dating in the past five years has gone"hypermainstream" which means everyone knows someone who has met someone online. Online dating magazine estimated that 120,000 U.S. couples who marry each year met online. Throughout the article it it said that meeting someone online is no different then meeting somone through a friend or neighbor its just a much easier faster tool. "Online Dating Statistics." Statisticbrain.com. N.p., 20 June 2012. Web. 02 Dec. 2012. . Paumgarten, Nick. "Looking for Someone." The New Yorker. N.p., 4 July 2011. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. Rosenbloom, Stephanie. "Love, Lies and What They Learned." The New York Times [New York] 12 Nov. 2011: n. pag. Print.
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