This would make sense as we tend to fear judgment by other people that we do not know as well.There also exist some demographic differences in URT.This will allow us to get comprehensive background information.
Another study by Gibbs (2010) will offer insight into how URT applies, or doesn’t apply, directly to online dating sites.Specifically, what strategies are mostly utilized and what cues are critical to the overall interaction.Furthermore, we will look at case studies specific to online dating sites like and e Harmony.Gibbs (2006) will provide an in-depth study of members to show that in an online setting, members tend to practice similar uncertainty reduction strategies in anticipation of a Ft F meeting.While highly pessimistic, Parks offered evidence that online relationships can not only be successful, but can develop into eventual Ft F interaction.
Before diving into the online dating context, it is relevant to review how communication and URT applies within the realm of SNS’s like Facebook where users know each other.
In our discussion, it is important to review relevant literature regarding technology, use of social media and relationships, communication and online dating in general.
Firstly, we will discuss the original theories regarding Ft F communication as outlined in URT.
However, studies suggest that we are also hesitant to divulge personal information about ourselves so easily.
In fact, “interactants in initial traditional interpersonal encounters prefer symmetric disclosure, in which parties both seek and provide similar information at the same rate of exchange” (Gibbs et al, 2010, p. This means that as we are looking for information about others, we tend to only divulge information at the same rate as other people do in Ft F communication.
Finally, we will investigate how online dating sites like e Harmony integrate scientific principles of communication and how well they apply to URT.