An Examination of Language Use in Online Dating Profiles

Authors

  • Meenakshi Nagarajan Knoesis, Wright State University
  • Marti Hearst School of Information, UC Berkeley

Keywords:

online dating personals, text analysis, factor analysis, gendered language

Abstract

This paper contributes to the study of self-presentation in online dating systems by performing a factor analysis on the text portions of online profiles. Findings include a similarity in the overall factor structures between male and female profiles, including use of tentative words by men. Contrasts between sexes were also found in a cluster analysis of the profiles using their factor scores. Finally, we also found similarities in frequent words used by the gender groups.

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Published

2009-03-20

How to Cite

Nagarajan, M., & Hearst, M. (2009). An Examination of Language Use in Online Dating Profiles. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 3(1), 266-269. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICWSM/article/view/13994