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dc.contributor.advisorMurguia, Edward
dc.creatorSpates, Kamesha Sondranek
dc.date.accessioned2005-02-17T21:05:35Z
dc.date.available2005-02-17T21:05:35Z
dc.date.created2004-12
dc.date.issued2005-02-17
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/1564
dc.description.abstractThe online dating industry is estimated to be worth 1.5 billion dollars. The growing trends in technology have resulted in African Americans logging on to the Web at astonishing rates. Therefore, the goal of this research project is to evaluate dating orientated interaction in the context of virtual communities. The theoretical perspective of this thesis is that of the concept of trust, and I examine the role that trust has on dating oriented interaction in the context of virtual communities. This study utilizes both ethnographic qualitative research methods along with the survey research method to explore the topic of African Americans and their use of the Internet as a tool to find “quality or compatible dates”. This study also provides an examination not only of dating patterns among African Americans via the Internet, but it also provides an examination of the role that technology plays in creating and mediating dating trends. An additional interest is to evaluate dating orientated interaction in the context of virtual communities.en
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dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M University
dc.subjectAfrican Americansen
dc.subjectinterneten
dc.subjecttrusten
dc.subjectrisken
dc.subjectdatingen
dc.titleExplorative study of African Americans and internet datingen
dc.typeBooken
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A&M Universityen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDyer, James
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMacintosh, William
dc.type.genreElectronic Thesisen
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dc.format.digitalOriginborn digitalen


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