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Moreover, as they age, adults concentrate on connections to family, viewing themselves in a communal context (Fingerman, 2001).
Based on a lifetime of investment, ties to family and friends are of heightened importance to older adults (Blieszner, 2006).
In contrast, older adults are more positive in their profiles and focus more on connectedness and relationships to others.
Due to societal trends and deceased stigma, online dating is now one of the most common ways for adults of all ages to find a romantic partner (Rosenfeld & Thomas, 2012; Stephure, Boon, Mac Kinnon, & Deveau, 2009).
However, adults of different ages have distinct goals, priorities, and motivations, which their self-presentations to potential dating partners may convey.
Predictions in this study were derived from three key theories—sociocultural theories, evolutionary theory, and socioemotional selectivity theory.
Younger adults were more likely to use first-person singular pronouns (e.g., I, my) and words associated with work and achievement.