An Examination of Language Use in Online Dating Profiles


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


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


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.




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