[Air-L] Online Dating Studies

Nishant Shah itsnishant at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 10:36:01 PST 2010

Dear Erhardt,
My friend Pawan Deep Singh, who is currently a Doctoral student at the UCSD,
had done one of the only analysis of a gay dating site in India. His email
address is pdsingh at ucsd.edu. I am not sure if the paper has been published
somewhere, but if you do write to him, I am sure he would be happy to share
the paper with you. I think the paper was interesting not only because it
did an impressive qualitative analysis of the users' profiles, experiences
and expectations from the website, but it also shows how technology mediated
spaces become tense and contested spaces of inclusion, belonging, etc.
Hope that helps,

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM, Erhardt Graeff <erhardt at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm preparing to co-lead a core conversation at SXSW on online dating
> websites and trends. We've been looking at academic work like Judith
> Donath's as well as the more cheeky but practical research on the OkTrends
> blog from OkCupid. Does anyone know of good case studies of particular
> online dating websites, or historical studies of trends in online dating?
> Sources focusing on website design as well as sociological and
> psychological
> aspects would all be helpful.
> Additionally, any questions about online dating sites and culture that you
> might be interested in exploring the answers to, or simply discussing,
> would
> be great.
> Thanks,
> Erhardt

Nishant Shah
Doctoral Candidate, CSCS, Bangalore.
Director (Research), Centre for Internet and Society,( www.cis-india.org )
Asia Awards Fellow, 2008-09
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