Synchronous communication occurs when two or more participants are interacting in real time via voice or text chat.
Of the final 346 posts chosen to be included in the study, the average age of online users sharing information about their online relationship(s) was 14 years old.
Changes that online dating companies have created include not only the increase of pickiness in singles, but the rise in interracial marriages and spread the acceptance of homosexual individuals.
Dating sites "are a place where sexual minorities, inter-sexed people and gay people are enjoying a newly found freedom".
The amount of personal information users are being asked to provide is constantly increasing.
More and more online users are starting to explore and experiment with aspects of their sexual identities, whereas before, they may have felt uncomfortable due to social constraints or fear of possible repercussions.