Results 5.1 Whole corpus results 5.2 Men looking for women 5.3 Women looking for men 5.4 Men looking for men 5.5 Women looking for women 6.This paper describes the results arrived at using our corpus-based methodology and compares them with those in Pawłowski and Dunbar's (2001) study.
Being happy, energetic and enjoying life appear at the top of our list. Robin Dunbar was involved in a series of evolutionary psychology investigations of different categories of words in Lonely Hearts advertisements (Waynforth & Dunbar 1995; Pawłowski & Dunbar 1999a; Pawłowski & Dunbar 1999b; Pawłowski & Dunbar 2001) that found that men and women attached different levels of importance to the following five categories of traits: attractiveness, resources, commitment, social skills and sexiness. 1997; Greenlees & Mc Grew 1994; Wiederman 1993), as well as entertainment and social skills (Miller 1998). The vocabulary and semantics of the online dating ads have not yet been investigated, although a number of studies in psychology and evolutionary anthropology have identified important personal trait categories, such as age, physical attractiveness, resources (current or future earning potential), and commitment to the relationship (Bereczkei & Csanaky 1996; Bereczkei et al. Conclusion Sources and resources References web-based corpus processing software tool for linguistic analysis, in order to compare the language of men looking for women, men looking for men, women looking for women, and women looking for men. Linguistic research into the language of online dating ads is still scarce.Researchers have studied online relationships mainly from psychological and sociological perspectives (Van Gelder 1985; Lea & Spears 1995; Scharlott & Christ 1995; Walther 1996; Daneback 2006; Valkenburg & Jochen 2007; etc.), and predominantly among younger people.
The methodology employed in these previous studies is usually interview-based.
Academic research into the language of online dating ads is still scarce.
Similarly to Pawłowski and Dunbar’s (2001) study, sexiness is not statistically significant in either of the heterosexual groups, although the sexual relationship category is statistically significant for homosexual men.
However, even in this subgroup, general relationships based on friendship appear to be more important than sexual relationship.
The number of online dating classified ads have grown rapidly in recent years.
As Fiore (2004: 13) describes, they “have shed their stigma as matchmakers for the awkward to claim a prominent role in the social lives of millions of people”, and “the base of users spans generations, breaking the 20- or 30-something age ceiling common in many online social environments”.