Few studies have examined age differences in dating self-presentations (e.g., Alterovitz & Mendelsohn, 2009; 2013; Mc Williams & Barrett, 2014) and have relied on content analysis and qualitative analysis.
A systematic quantitative analysis of the language adults use in dating profiles may further illuminate motivations to date at different ages.
First Met is one of the largest online dating sites with over 30 million people looking to chat, flirt, and date.
In contrast, generativity concerns are heightened in midlife and later life, with a focus on the needs of the next generation (An & Cooney, 2006).
Moreover, as they age, adults concentrate on connections to family, viewing themselves in a communal context (Fingerman, 2001).
Based on the structure of adulthood, young adults’ self-presentations may focus on life tasks aimed at gaining a foothold in adult roles, pursuing future achievements, and investing in potential procreation (and sexuality).
In contrast, in late life, individuals may seek romantic partners who can become a part of their established social world.
We also examined gender differences in these patterns.