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Presentation and Perception on Online Dating Sites: Interview with Joseph Walther

With Professor Joseph B. Walther, and Dr Nicole Ellison
10 Dec 2011
With Professor Joseph B. Walther, and Dr Nicole Ellison

In conversation with Nicole Ellison, Joseph Walther describes the hyperpersonal model and its relevance to the study of online dating. He explains how the ‘idealisation’ of both perception and presentation online can facilitate our natural processes of selection, but also suggests that the specific presentational affordances of computer mediated communication may have unforeseen (and likely troublesome) consequences when individuals finally meet.



Professor Joseph B. Walther

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

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