A survey of the extent to which young adults use online dating sites

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Κατεύθυνση Αντιμετώπιση Εξαρτήσεων-Εξαρτησιολογία
Library of the School of Health Sciences
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Pagkalou Melina
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Τσέργας Νικόλαος, Λέκτορας, Τμήμα Κοινωνικής Διοίκησης και Πολιτικής Επιστήμης, Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης
Μινέρβα Mελπωμένη Μαλλιώρη, Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Βασιλική - Αναστασία Σύψα, Αναπληρώτρια Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Μια έρευνα για το βαθμό χρήσης ιστοσελίδων διαδικτυακών γνωριμιών από νεαρούς ενήλικες
Translated title:
A survey of the extent to which young adults use online dating sites
This particular thesis, focuses on the impact of social networking dating sites and their use by adult audience. Additionally, provides the outcomes of a quantitative research, in comparison with the use of these websites by young adult audience.
The primary objective of this research is to investigate the percentage of the dysfunctional usage of these specific websites, by young people from the age of 18. Secondly, investigates the link between the person and the online dating websites, (potential common experiences or even risks during the navigation). The third part compares the usage of these websites with the sex, age and sexual orientation of the user. The fourth and last objective, investigates the means and the purpose of usage, of these particular dating websites, by their users.
The number of participants was 431 people, most of them come from university community. A quantitative methodology has been used for the implementation of this research. The obtained research data results are based on quantitative measurement, in addition to a reference questionnaire. The questionnaire was divided into two parts, the socio-demographic data and Young's Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire with 20 questions focused on how people use these sites and also the impact of the use. Questionnaires were distributed online, emphasizing on the ages from 18 to 30. The data was analyzed using the SPSS statistical model.
The outcomes of the research heightened that:
1. Men are “flirting” in social media more than women.
2. The absence of the users’ family status and his propensity to prevaricate while navigating to these dating websites.
3. Women are sexually harassed more often than men.
4. Women are more likely to feel exposed by 8,3 % more than men.
5. As the age of the user increases, the feeling of exposing himself decreases (young women represented the most vulnerable group of the population).
6. Age does not affect the user’s addiction level.
7. Both men and women are equally addicted to each other.
8. Most of the respondents use these websites within normal range (usage “normalcy”).
9. Only 1,39% of the population of this research is highly addicted .
10. The 60% of the respondents present normal use.
11. From this survey, 167 individuals are classified as high risk rating (transl. in danger).
12. “Heterosexual users” are not as active in dating networking sites as those who claimed as “homosexual” and “bisexual” respectively.
It is important to mention that, these results cannot be generalized to the entire young population of Greece and this sample is not selected as entirely representative. However, it is obvious, that in several points these results are in conformity with the results of foreign research, that indicates the large percentage of these specific websites’ popularity, worldwide, but also the common and in most cases, unusual risks that they may pose.
Main subject category:
Social, Political and Economic sciences
Internet addition, Social media, Dating sites, Users, Online chatting, Online relationships, Cybersex, Sexting
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