Back in the day, eharmony would put you through the wringer with a lengthy sign-up process and lame alienating questions. Today, the questionnaire is around 30 questions long and very practical. It’ll ask you how you feel about moving in with someone or how you feel about arguments. In each case, select a place and activity that both of you like. List preferences and interests to pick the perfect plan or online platform for your meetup. If you’re pursuing a long-distance relationship, you can arrange an online night of fun. Share screens while watching the same movies, take a live class via AirBnB, and go on a virtual tour.
Of course, this multiplicity of identities cuts both ways as well. Virtual ethnographers may face greater challenges in evaluating the honesty of the people with whom they are interacting. Barring external confirmation—such as verifiable real-world interactions—it may be hard to confirm the claimed identities of online [...]