Impression management struggles in online dating

Doug Zytko, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, Quentin Jones

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

39 Scopus citations


Online dating systems are now widely used to search for romance and yet there is little research on how people use these systems to manage their impressions with potential romantic partners. To address this issue we conducted an interview study of 41 online dating users, revealing that-contrary to prior work-online daters largely do not want to intentionally deceive their online dating partners because they think such lies would quickly be discovered face-to-face. Nevertheless, bad first dates were a norm rather than an exception for this study's participants. In this paper we present various frustrations online daters associate with conveying and forming impressions of potential romantic partners before meeting face-to-face. We discuss the implications of these findings for the design of online dating systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGROUP 2014 - Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330435
StatePublished - Nov 9 2014
Event18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP 2014 - Sanibel Island, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2014Nov 12 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work


Other18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanibel Island

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


  • Impression formation
  • Impression management
  • Online dating
  • Online introductions
  • Social computing
  • Social matching


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