However, the internet changed the way we meet potential romantic partners when online dating sites appeared and opened up an endless pool of applicants. The virtual sphere 2.0: The internet, the public sphere and beyond.
Studies show how online dating sites broke through conventional norms “of romantic relationships hinging on chance encounters with other singles and break us free of the constraints of those chance meetings.
Whereas the choice of a romantic partner once depended mainly on the individual’s intuition and opinion “the internet promises to create matches between suitable partners using new tools that draw upon data provided by millions of users” known as the self-disclosure profile (Finkle, Eastwick, Karney, Reis & Specher, 2012, p.4).The focus of this review is to examine how the use of self-disclosure strategies in these initial meetings helps to reduce anxiety and uncertainty and promote self-efficacy when using online dating sites. When online dating partners meet offline: The effect of modality switching on relational communication between online daters. In the past, if our goal was to meet romantic partners there were few options. He goes on to explain that “uncertainty is uncomfortable and that individuals are motivated to predict and explain their surroundings and will communicate in ways to accomplish that” (Berger, 2014). In this respect, the self-disclosure profile was designed to ensure that the information provided would relieve anxiety so we could reach our goal.