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T. van der Zanden


Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Department Communication and Cognition


My project focuses on the role of textual elements in online dating profiles, and how these different textual elements affect the impression someone forms of the other. Do people form more negative impressions of someone?s dating profile containing language errors compared to a profile without errors? And does the use of linguistic strengtheners, such as adverbs 'really', result in a more positive impression? Each small linguistic cue could somehow affect the way a reader judges the writer of a dating profile. Or does this judgment depend on other characteristics, such as demographic factors or personality traits?


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Last amended: 20 June 2018