Some feature might pop out at you (particularly appearance) that causes you to think “Next?
” When you make a decision about who to establish communication with, it may not be a particularly well-informed one.
If you hold onto the false belief that you need to keep looking until you find that soulmate, you may zip past some otherwise excellent dating prospects.
Communication Because users can engage in extensive online communication (called “Computer Mediated Communication” or CMC), prior to meeting, they form impressions that may or may not correspond to those they eventually make when they see the real person.
Consequently, you may be less likely to commit to the people who you do decide to follow up on because you know there are hundreds of others out there, should this match prove flawed.
Finkel and his co-authors also caution against the false belief that there is a perfect match for you out there in the online universe.
The decision-making processes we go through when we’re examining online profiles are also different than those we use in offline situations.