Although research indicates that almost all emerging adults in the U.S. use the internet, little is known about the online dating experiences of persons with disabilities. Particularly in developed countries, online dating currently accounts for a substantial proportion of the initiation of romantic relationships and promises numerous advantages for persons with disabilities. Online dating includes a way to escape disability stigma, at least initially, access to a wide network of potential partners, and a convenient, private, and efficient method of meeting them. Online daters can be strategic in how they present both themselves and their disabilities, the manner in which they communicate with potential partners, and whether they join a large, popular dating site or a specialized disability-oriented one. The chapter discusses how the nine-step process of online dating might differ for or challenge emerging adults with various types of disabilities, sharing relevant research and media examples when available.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships among Emerging Adults in the Digital Age|
|Number of pages||18|
|ISBN (Print)||1522518568, 9781522518563|
|State||Published - Dec 12 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences(all)