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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.
Pawłowski and Dunbar’s (2001) evolutionary psychology study found the five most important categories of words in Lonely Hearts advertisements were attractiveness, resources, commitment, social skills and sexiness.
It is important to note that evolutionary theory provides an explanatory framework for understanding patterns of human mate choice and the preferred characteristics in a potential partner from the point of view of reproduction (Dunbar et al 2007: 91).
In contrast, women’s preferences in order were: commitment, social skills, resources, attractiveness and sexiness.
Table 1 exemplifies the traits associated with these categories, based on the investigations conducted by Dunbar and his colleagues.
We have collected texts from the online dating classified ads on the uk dating website 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.
Our focus is the over-50s, as this age group is often overlooked in previous studies.
Men’s preferences (in order) were: commitment, attractiveness, social skills, resources and sexiness.
However our study is not strictly comparable, because we focus on people over 50 years of age, therefore reproduction may not be on their minds, even subconsciously, when they decide to place an online dating advertisement.
Pawłowski and Dunbar (2001) sampled only advertisers aged between 18-29, describing themselves as students or graduates and seeking heterosexual relationships.
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In Computer-Mediated Communication research, previous analysis of personal pronoun usage (Sherblom 1990; Witt 2004; Walther 2007) has been reported.