People can send you phony pictures and conjure fascinating lives." One woman she interviewed indicated, "You have people out there pretending to be one thing when they are something else" (p50).
Before embarking on the Internet dating field, additional research again should be considered into potential dates and their backgrounds.
Some of these behavioral contexts include, • Cosmetic surgery (Schouten, 1991), • Skydiving (Celsi, Rose, & Leigh, 1993), • River rafting (Arnould & Price, 1993), • Participation in fantasy-based activities (Kozinets, 2002), and • Natural health food (Thompson & Troester, 2002) consumption communities (cited in Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p736).
Hollander (2004) suggested: 'Nagging questions remain, in particular, why such fine human beings must invest so much time and energy in the search for suitable partners?
Are these self presentations largely wishful fantasies, or exaggerations of traits possessed" (p75).
In fact, several dating services encourage participants to "'update' their profiles to reflect personal changes that have occurred since they first posted their profiles" (Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p739).
Starling (2000) reported: "It's easy to make up an identity in cyberspace.
Moreover, Wurf and Markus (1991) predicted that the re-construction of identity "involves a multi-step process of development, validation, and redevelopment" (cited in Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p738).
The context of Internet dating offers individuals opportunities to explore their possible selves online and offline and at the same time; Internet dating allows individuals to use a combination of online and offline behavior and feedback to re-create their identities.
According to the symbolic interactionist perspective, one part of the understanding of who or what we are is based on "reflexive evaluation" (Solomon, 1983, p321), which can be defined as the way "we believe that others see us" (Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p735).
Since humanity's inception, it can be argued that individuals have modified their behavior to construct and re-construct their identities in numerous settings.
This research subsequently pointed out that an individual's online experience influences their offline identity" (Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p736).
Particularly on Internet dating sites, individuals create profiles of themselves that contain information about their physical appearance, demographics, and personality characteristics.
Moreover, Internet dating can be viewed as a potential advancement of the use of new technologies in the postmodern world.