"Participating in personal relationships online allow for almost full freedom from power relations in the offline/real world." A plethora of virtual sexual identities are represented in online profiles.The amount of personal information users are being asked to provide is constantly increasing.There have also been many studies done to observe online daters and their reason for turning to the internet to look for romantic partners. With a concealed identity, an online user can be whoever they want to be at that exact moment. Deveau on types of relationships online participants were seeking.They have the ability to venture outside of their comfort zone and act as someone completely different. They concluded that "when asked what they were looking for in an online relationship, the considerable majority of participants expressed interest in seeking fun, companionship, and someone to talk to.Some of these ways of communicating online are asynchronous (meaning not in real time), such as You Tube and some are synchronous (immediate communication), such as Twitter.
Internet dating sites have benefitted greatly since the surge in easiness and accessibility of picture and video uploading.
"The body, although graphically absent, does not have to be any less present." Older and less advanced sites usually still allow, and often require, each user to upload a picture.
Newer and more advanced sites offer the possibility of streaming media live via the user's profile for the site.
Videos and pictures are equally important for most personal profiles.
These profiles can be found on sites used for interpersonal relationships other than dating as well.