Identity play, relationships and cybersex: how can love be proved true online?

Dollard, Kim Marie (2013) Identity play, relationships and cybersex: how can love be proved true online? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Whilst a multitude of individuals are turning to new technologies to mediate relationships and seek new partners, the stigmatization of such an act is evidently prevalent in contemporary society viewing new media as incapable of facilitating emotionally valid and serious relationships and the individuals who engage in it merely desperately seeking some form of intimacy. This dissertation focusses on the personal enhancement benefits that new media can facilitate, in the romantic, sexual and personal fields. Initially discussing and adapting existing theoretical approaches to self-identity to highlight the possibilities for personal disclosure and adjustment through virtual placement. Secondly, moving the discussion to the specific realm of virtual dating, through the critique of existing literature to allocate these relations as a new form of relation, intrinsically bound with self-representation and anonymity. It then conducts an opposing analysis of cyber-relations to focus on the prevalence of escapism of the body and mind capable in engaging in cyber-sex. Finally forming a concise discussion of the literature through quantifiable data achieved through ethnographic research, supported and analyses via survey’s completed by Second Life daters. This dissertation concludes that the self-enhancement available through disembodiment and self-monitoring afford the cyber-playmate personal growth, and playfulness with reduced risk and vulnerability.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 13:39
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40

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