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You’ve Got Mail: Meeting, Dating, Marriage and the Internet

With Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Katelyn McKenna, Professor Joseph B. Walther, and Dr Monica Whitty
Date & Time:
17:00 - 18:30,
Thursday 2 October, 2008


Online dating has come along way since ‘You’ve Got Mail’, the 1998 movie in which two business rivals fall in love over the Internet. This panel provides a critical perspective on the history and future of the Internet’s role in meeting new people, dating, and developing lasting relationships, such as through partnerships and marriage.

Click on the links to watch recordings of the presentations.

Speaker Presentation
Monica Whitty A Perspective on the History and Future of Online Dating
Joseph B. Walther Digital Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Relationship Gains and Losses from Internet Communication
Katelyn McKenna A Progressive Affair: From Online Dating to Real World Mating

This event is organised as part of the OII research project ‘Me, My Spouse and the Internet’ which focuses on the role of the Internet in marriage. The project (and this event) is supported by a grant from



Dr Katelyn McKenna

Senior Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel


Professor Joseph B. Walther

Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University


Dr Monica Whitty

Nottingham Trent University

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