Will you be my friend? An analysis of friendster.com

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dc.contributor.advisor Dooley, Patricia L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Hendra, Amelia
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-24T02:03:37Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-24T02:03:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2006
dc.date.issued 2006-05
dc.identifier.other t06003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/282
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Elliott School of Communication en
dc.description "May 2006." en
dc.description Includes bibliographic references (leaves 74-80). en
dc.description.abstract Friendster.com was launched in California in 2002 with 20 users. Today, it has more than 27 million members and it is especially popular among Southeast Asian women. It differs from other online dating sites in that users must be approved before they can become part of a user’s personal network. This study explores what may have made the site so attractive, as well as how its users represent themselves in their personal profiles. Drawing on social constructionist and feminist theories, this thesis employed qualitative content analysis and survey methodologies to address the following questions: (1) How does Friendster.com portray its role in terms of getting people together? As a dating site or otherwise? (2) How do Southeast Asian women in these two age groups (18-21 and 27- 30) construct themselves on Friendster.com? (3) Do Southeast Asian women join Friendster.com to connect with the one? If not, what are their reasons for joining the site? (4) What are Southeast Asian women’s on- and off-line blind-date standards and practices? The research examines the choice of words and pictures from 60 Friendster users’ profiles by using qualitative content analysis as the methodology. Preliminary findings suggest that the site serves as a new safer form of an online dating service, and that its users aggressively sell themselves as a result. Moreover, the definition of blind-date is socially constructed. en
dc.format.extent 3273786 bytes
dc.format.extent x, 106 leaves : ill., digital, PDF file. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights Copyright Amelia Hendra, 2006. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic dissertations en
dc.subject.lcsh Computer networks--Social aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Cyberspace --Social aspects --United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Asian Americans --Communication en
dc.subject.lcsh Interpersonal communication en
dc.subject.lcsh Women--Southeast Asia en
dc.title Will you be my friend? An analysis of friendster.com en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.identifier.oclc 71817186 en

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    Master's theses completed at the Elliott School of Communication (Fall 2005 --)
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    This collection includes Master's theses completed at the Wichita State University Graduate School (Fall 2005 --)
  • LAS Theses and Dissertations [441]
    Theses and dissertations completed at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Fall 2005 -)

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