Online dating with disabilities non dating
1) Last week, at an amazing conference called “Breaking Silences, Demanding Crip Justice: Sex, Sexuality and Disability”, at Wright State University, my colleague Erica Tachoir and I presented research on online dating to an enthusiastic, participating audience.To start, we introduced six common statements of potential online daters with disabilities (PWDs). Census, most people (65%) in this age group without disabilities also are never married.What do you think; are these statements true or false? “Everyone my age is married but me.” FALSE In fact, between ages 18 and 34, the percent of PWDs who have never married is 74%. If we consider all adults ages 18 and older, 41% of PWDs are married as are 52% of adults without disabilities (Schur, Kruse, & Blanck, 2013). “Online dating is only for losers.” FALSE Surely not, in that according to the Pew Internet (2016), 27% of American adults ages 18 to 24 have used online dating, 15% of Americans overall. For example, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating doubled from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015. “There’s no website for people like me.” FALSE Of course, there is no reason why a PWD cannot use a dating app or online dating site like OKCupid, Tinder, Bumble, and e Harmony.
Constructing an online dating profile is, at least in part, an exercise in portraying oneself by guessing the opinions of potential partners. Any other True or False statement about online dating with a disability that you can think of? Please send, and I will try to address them in a future blog. Kristen, 30, is paralyzed from the waist down and gets around in a wheelchair.