With the growth in using social media and online dating sites from the effect of the pandemic in 2021, this research focuses on how cyberstalking occurs as a result of using online dating sites. While cyberstalking is perceived as a crime, this research intended to discuss a 'harmless' cyberstalking, which means seeking information about the other person from their social media sites or even using the google search engine without the acknowledgement of the other party. There were 347 (n= 264) participants that were requested to fill up a survey, which this study revealed that people cyberstalk as one of the strategies to reduce uncertainty about their matches. The reasons behind why people choose to use uncertainty reduction strategies are as the cause of concerns (warranty, personal security and misrepresentations) cause, looking for homophily and also goals from using online dating sites. The results has shown that people do cyberstalk harmlessly from the cause of the concerns behind warranty, personal security and misrepresentation of the other party, also as a cause of looking for homophily in matches, and there is no correlation behind the goals of using online-dating apps with uncertainty-reduction strategy.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Oct 2022|
- Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)
- Social Media
- Uncertainty Reduction