Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

The Influence of Online Dating on Female Adolescent Maturation
Hilary Baltz, Justin C. Velten, Ph.D.

Young women of today are portrayed as more visually mature than in earlier generations. Decades of research have yielded important findings regarding the role of media and now mediated communication on the developmental process of young women. However, there is a gap in the literature regarding the influence of online dating on this development during female adolescent maturation. Online dating has become increasingly popular, thus creating a need for further analysis into its effect on young adults, especially females. For this paper, we will be focused on the concepts of emotional layoffs directly related to the manner in which online dating superficially offers acceptance and attention based only on visuals. Beginning with a theoretical analysis of Erikson’s Theory of Psychological Development through adolescence and the expectations set there in, this paper will discuss women’s role through history, including the successful feminist movement. In light of Erikson’s theory, the significant roles sexuality and self-actualization play in the growth of young women will also be addressed. This paper provides insight into the effect of social media on the development of young females as they move through Erikson’s stages of maturation - important information for scholars hoping to better understand adaptations in development of future generations.

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