This week you have read research on the theories of relationships, intimacy, love, social identity, self categorization, and social comparison. Now you will have a chance to showcase what you have learned by creating a recommendation based on this scenario about the creation of a dating website.
Your post should be approximately 500 words in length and include appropriate APA-style citations and references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. In addition to citing the assigned works you read this week, please locate and cite at least two more peer-reviewed journal articles on any of the areas studied this week to support your position. These articles should be recent (published within the last 10 years).
Scenario: The Dating Website
Now more than ever before, people are turning to online dating as a means of meeting someone special. The PewResearch Internet Project (2013) has recently published the results of their study investigating the popularity of internet dating.
After you have read the Pew report and your scholarly readings for the week, consider the following: You conclude that it might be a good business opportunity to start your own internet matchmaking website. The PewResearch report shows you that you are on the right track. Based on your scholarly readings, what are some of the important things you need to know about intimate relationships and interpersonal attraction for your matchmaking business? A big concern in online dating and social media, in general, is misrepresentation in the online profile. What does the research show in terms of the factors that influence strategic misrepresentation in someone’s online profile? What strategies could you initiate to minimize or prevent misrepresentation? In addition to what you have learned this week, what have you learned in previous weeks that may assist you in launching a successful dating website? Please be specific and cite sources.
Guided Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers. In your responses, ask your fellow classmates some follow-up questions or provide suggestions. You may want to ask them to clarify some things, identify some potential issues they may want to consider, and provide them with some suggestions regarding their recommendations. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. MST on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post.
Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.