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Investigation into Gender Differences in the Language of Personal Profiles on Dating Websites

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Investigation into Gender Differences in the Language of Personal Profiles on Dating Websites Hypothesis: Are there differences in the language used in personal profiles on dating websites based on gender, and are the genders represented differently? Introduction For my language investigation I will be looking at gender differences in internet dating profiles. I will consider differences in lexical choices, in particular whether there is evidence of the gender differences in language use claimed by Robin Lakoff in her publication Language and a Woman's Place (1975). Also, whether there are greater or lesser differences in lexical choices between the genders depending on age. It was speculated at the time Lakoff's research was published that as women became more equal to men, gender differences would not be as noticeable in language, as they were the result of inequalities between the sexes in other areas. I will also consider what whether the content of the profiles in my sample show evidence of differences in what is desirable in men and women. Past studies into newspaper lonely hearts ads, which internet dating profiles could be considered a modern manifestation of in many ways, found men and women were more likely to request and advertise about themselves different things. I will investigate whether these same differences are evident today in internet dating profiles, and whether there are other gender differences not mentioned in the lonely hearts ad studies. Finally I will look for evidence of sexist language in the profiles. I will use all of this information to help me consider whether internet dating profiles contain notable examples of differences in language use between the genders, and if so what the possible reasons for these differences might be. Methodology The data I use in this investigation will be personal profiles written by individuals about themselves taken from the popular dating website www.match.com. My sample will consist of 18 profiles, divided equally by gender and also into three different age categories: 20-29, 40-49 and 60-69. ...read more.


I do get attention, that isn't the issue, but it's usually the wrong kind. If I wanted to stick a trophey-girl on my arm, sure I could do that (please don't think I'm being big-headed, tons of guys can do it if they really wanted, most my age actually do) but would I want that? No, it's not me and it's not what I'm looking for. I'm a good guy with a heart of gold and I'm looking for the same in a woman, which seems to be far easier said than done! Yeah, I have my flaws and no I'm not perfect, but... I am for somebody. I'm a confident guy, but with a sensitive soul deep down and would love to meet someone that nutured that... in return they get treated like a princess, simple really! I don't care if you stack shelves or if you've got a successful career, so long as you're happy doing it. I've had my fill of women that lie or want everything their way, so if you want a good man that'll go the extra mile for you and you're a good woman that'd do the same then please feel free to get in touch. (...and please excuse the stupid face I'm pulling in the photo with my guitar, long story!) P.S. The kids in the photos are my nephews, I don't have kids but I love them as if they *were* my kids :) P.P.S. If you message I'll always answer back (sooner rather than later.) I've noticed on a few profiles people saying "If I don't reply it means I'm not interested." Well... how rude is that? I think that if you've gone out of your way to say hello that the least I can do is show you the courtesy of a reply. Appendix 7 DaftAdventures Some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue 45-year-old man Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom seeking women 36-46 within 40 miles of Huddersfield, West ...read more.


With an attractive, interesting friend, lover and equal partner I respect, I'm looking to invigorate my life. With someone active, romantic, tactile, open (100% honest), reasonably bright, a warm sharer, considerate and aware, sparky, sensible and spontaneous, looking to build a future - like me! If you are fairly local and can teach me to ballroom dance, too, that will be great! Independent, solvent and with no ties. Since I retired early I have lots of free time to invest in romance. (Ideally I'd like a non-smoking relationship.) I believe I'm easy-going, laid back and relaxed, wanting to stay active and enthusiastic, with an appetite for life. Open to new ideas, and activities, I enjoy changes of pace and variety. Spontaneity is good, and being unconventional at times makes a nice change. The baggage is neatly packed away, gathering dust. I retain some consistent internal values, and beliefs: that really open communication is vital, for instance. Too many agree, but lack the courage to practise it. I'm a straightforward guy as human as the next, with foibles and idiosyncrasies, looking for an opportunity for the mutual chemistry to work its magic, and to find a deep, jointly-confident relationship grows. To reciprocally want and be wanted, with the confidence and faith to trust, and the willingness to accept the implicit vulnerability. To relax together warmly and naturally, and realise "this life is good" - to both know and agree we've arrived at where we want to be, with one-another. Writing this was the easy bit; the hard part now is finding that someone who I can sweep off her feet and make her feel comfortable enough to want to share her time with me, I'm sure there is someone out there who can bowl me over! They say it is better to try, and fail, than fail to try at all. Good luck. Any Qs - just ask? ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 16 of 32 Page 17 of 32 Page 1 of 32 ...read more.

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