So I am presenting tomorrow 3/8 (yes, it's mardi gras) with Jamie about internet users. I will be talking about JDate.com and how it is not only a dating website, but also can be used as a social network. This project has been really interesting for me and I learn new things everyday when I check out the website and try to find patterns and make meaning of what goes on in the JDate community! JDate's target user is Jewish singles over the age of 18; however, the website is not solely restricted to Jewish individuals. At the beginning of my research I thought that I would have to pay when I signed up to be a member on the site, but I didn't. It wasn't until a little digging and a few secret messages that I learned I couldn't communicate with other users on the site because the site wanted me to pay a monthly fee. If it wasn't so expensive I would have payed the fee for a month to fully explore the website. Some questions I had at the beginning of my research are: Am I being ethical joining a Jewish dating website when I am not Jewish and not looking for a relationship? and Is it ethical to use a different location in my profile?. I was relieved to find out how socially involved with other members you could be on the site if you paid a monthly fee. I also noticed that I can't be much of a participator because I am not paying monthly, so that makes me more of an observer. I am bummed I cannot participate in the chat rooms and blogs; I think those would be really interesting.
I will tell you more tomorrow during my presentation, but here is my question for you to think about:
How do you feel about people who are not Jewish who become members on JDate?
How do you think other minority groups or races feel about the Jewish Community having a specific dating site?