The technology of using a computer to bring humans together was promoted as "scientific" and the use of the computer for this purpose rapidly gained popularity in the United States and Germany (Hardey, 2002, p571).
The rapid expansion of single person households, especially among professional classes who are most likely to have Internet access in their homes, provides a context for this phenomenon.
According to the symbolic interactionist perspective, one part of the understanding of who or what we are is based on "reflexive evaluation" (Solomon, 1983, p321), which can be defined as the way "we believe that others see us" (Yurchisin, Watchravesringkan, & Mc Cable, 2005, p735).
Since humanity's inception, it can be argued that individuals have modified their behavior to construct and re-construct their identities in numerous settings.
The use of these profiles theoretically allows individuals to explore and re-create their personal identities.
Starling (2000) reported: "It's easy to make up an identity in cyberspace.
Within the realm of Internet dating additional research should be conducted on ways individuals choose to re-frame their identities in light of the potentially artificial environment that dating anonymously might elicit.
Previously conducted research has suggested that virtual reality is enveloped within physical reality.
Internet dating itself can be characterized by a "seamless movement between reading descriptions, writing responses, and exchanging messages.
Compared to the effort, awkwardness, risks, and physical embarrassments often associated with 'real world' dating, the Internet can provide some advantages" (Hardey, 2002, p572).