I am a PhD student of Sociology at UC Berkeley studying online dating, the sharing economy, social exchange, and culture.
My dissertation leverages a comparative approach to ask the question: How do singles in the U.S. and China online dating differently? More specifically, I am interested in how folks in the two most populous cities of the respective countries—New York City and Shanghai—strike a balance between abundancy (i.e. the sheer number of people made available through dating apps) and scarcity (i.e. time, energy, and money etc.). When do they stop looking? How do they know when to commit?