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Illusionen av det perfekta jaget: En hermeneutisk studie om nätdejting
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


The purpose of the present study was to clarify and describe what image men and women present and communicate in their profiles on an online dating site. Further has been investigated if traditional gender roles and stereotypes are as pronounced on this online platform or if it offers a space to go beyond traditional formations. The theoretical framework of this study consisted of a social psychological idea and understanding of identity as well as a gender theoretical perspective. The methodological points of departure were hermeneutic and the data consisted of ten male and ten female member profiles on The results of the study was divided into three themes, the emphasis on positive qualities, the attractive body and project manager to one’s own life. The results showed that both men and women present a positive image of themselves in their profiles, both concerning inner and outer qualities. The results also indicated that a life with various social activities is of great importance, which implies a reflexive attitude towards life. To create an image of oneself is strenuous work in constant change. Regarding traditional gender roles and stereotypes about what is being regarded as male and female showed that traditional, stereotype ways of describing masculinity and femininity exist, but there were certain tendencies that a crossing of traditional formations takes place on this platform. However, the result of this study has also revealed that this happens to a lesser extent than we first thought. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
identity, cyber culture, online dating, internet dating, internet relations, possible selves, self-presentation, hermeneutic
Keyword [sv]
Identitet, cyberkulturen, online dejting, internet dejting, internet relationer, självpresentation, hermeneutik.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-16326OAI: diva2:572997
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-12-05 Created: 2012-11-29 Last updated: 2012-12-05Bibliographically approved

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