Based on a study using online ethnography as the major research method, this book explains why and how men in Hong Kong use QQ-an online instant messenger-to "chase" women in mainland China, especially in the neighboring city of Shenzhen. Chasing women through QQ is a reciprocal exchange process during which the resources to be exchanged in the interaction are not negotiated. Rather, the men provide resources to the women, hoping for rewards in return that are not guaranteed. This characteristic of the exchange makes men who chase women through QQ very strategic in their action. They try to maximize the rewards and minimize the costs by adopting myriad strategies, such as constructing an attractive online identity by strategic self-presentation. The role of emotions in the exchange process is also examined. Men learn the emotional norms through the online forum, but sometimes it is difficult for them to control their emotions; some men fall in love when they are not supposed to. As it happens, they have failed to calculate the costs and rewards rationally in that they may provide too many resources to the women without getting enough rewards in return.
This book provides original insights into the thought processes, motivations, desires, anxieties and risks of Hong Kong men seeking short-term sexual relations with women on the mainland. These insights are highly relevant to our understanding of the quickly evolving use of social media, a phenomenon of worldwide importance and deep implications.
Hilarity and absurdity---along with mordant wit---abound in Online Dating: a Memoir , Billy McCoy's controversial novel, which tells the story of delusional Peyton Cresap's devouring and doomed passion for online dating. Online Dating: a Memoir is also the story of a quintessentially alienated man colliding with a cheerful world which he cannot accept. A seductive meditation on Online Dating.
Online Dating: A Comprehensive 5-Step Guide is a book for the woman who has little or no experience with online dating or dating in general (maybe she's recently divorced and is preparing to jump back into the dating world), or for the woman who may have been dating for a while but is willing to learn a few tips to better enhance her dating experience. The author helps the reader with important steps: Pre-Profile: She goes over the importance of keeping an open mind and helps with evaluating whether or not we are prejudging and unknowingly hindering our dating progress. Profile: Tips for writing the best profile possible for better dating percentages and covers the importance of marketing our productourselves! Dating: Explains the different phases of dating and pointers on dating in general, including the "Interview" (first physical meet up after chatting, emailing and/or several phone calls), and First Date (a date after the Interview to find out if there is a connection for a future relationship). Love and Commitment: The author helps the reader go from casual dating to a committed relationship in a few easy steps. There are also sections on Kids & Dating, Sex, and Safety Issues, as well as easy to comprehend charts to fully understand the concepts learned. The time is now...learn how dating can be adventurous and fun!
So, you're looking to start that online business out there but are overwhelmed by the sheer thought of trying to compete with several thousands of others who are doing the very same thing? You probably feel that if you even so much as got an online business up and running, it wouldn't quite be noticed at all simply because you don't have what it takes to be a successful online entrepreneur? Well, that's where you're wrong. The first thing you need to clear in your mind is the misconception that your business is going to go largely unnoticed, simply because if you do things just right (in the exemplary fashion that this book will go on to show you), then you will certainly have your share of the online 'pie' out there. In fact, there is really enough of that pie for everyone out there, so all you have to do is reach out and grab a (big) slice!
Ladies, ladies, I'm talking to you! You are not the only ones who went through the horrible yet funny dating scenes. I'm here to share my dating scene experiences with you. Hell, there is no shame to my game. You will laugh, cry, and relate. All you can do is accept it with a grain of salt, kick back with your girls, a pitcher of margaritas, compare notes, and laugh. After all, we are all human beings who just want to find love. You are now embarking on my dating scenes since all my breakups. So strap yourselves in for a wild and bumpy ride with lots of laughter. This takes place over a period of time, I do not want you all out there thinking I'm a little hoochie, going out twenty-four seven because I'm not. Hope you enjoy my experiences. Looking back now, I can laugh, but back then, it wasn't funny at all.