Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Spring 2014

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Steve W. Duck

Abstract

The most important aspect of online dating is the messaging. Resting upon that argument, this project discursively analyzes naturally-occurring interactions between users on two online dating sites. Current facework, relationship initiation, and online dating research lacks a systematic understanding of the conversational processes involved in establishing a relationship online. This thesis addresses that deficit of understanding. Results show that there is a sequence and a set of resources that online dating users draw upon to get acquainted; suggesting a new typology of opening gambits based on technological affordances. Results also show that users openly negotiate the process of relationship initiation, discussing both the interaction situation and their performances. Overall, this investigation provides insights that give researchers and online dating users a deeper and more complete understanding of the work that is done on a turn-by-turn, conversational level in the online dance of courtship.

Pages

vii, 117 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-117).

Copyright

Copyright 2014 Daniel Usera

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Communication Commons

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