This study examines not only why people use the internet, but how various types of people begin their exploration with inherent assumptions of the outcomes. Moreover, certain character types may be a predictor of those outcomes.
Using the narrative structure of Michael
Ende's "Never Ending Story, this study's author demonstrates how Internet dating participants all enter the process with the same hopeful outcome.
However, participants expectations and use of the tool itself ultimately impacts the degree of success. Similar to Bastian the boy in Ende's novel, Internet daters become part of the story they create and have to make choices along their path.
Each has to choose deliberately to either bring their romantic hopes back into the non-virtual world or get lost in the fantasy of cyberspace.