We fall in love every day, with others, with ideas, with ourselves. Stories of love excite us and baffle us. This volume is about love and the networked self. It focuses on how love forms, grows, or dissolves. Chapters address how relationships of love develop, are sustained or broken up through technologies of expression and connection. Authors explore how technologies reproduce, reorganize, or reimagine our dominant rituals of love. Contributors also address what our experiences with love teach us about ourselves, others, and the art of living. Every love story has a beginning and an end. Technology does not give love the kiss of eternity; but it can afford love new meaning.

chapter 1|11 pages


ByZizi Papacharissi

chapter 2|19 pages

Calling the Irrational Unmanageable Neoliberal Self

ByIlana Gershon

chapter 3|19 pages

Channel Navigation in Interpersonal Communication

Contemporary Practices and Proposed Future Research Directions
ByPenny Trieu, Nicole B. Ellison

chapter 4|12 pages

Interpersonal Dynamics in Online Dating

Profiles, Matching, and Discovery
ByDavid M. Markowitz, Jeffrey T. Hancock, Stephanie Tom Tong

chapter 5|24 pages

Connection, Conflict, and Communication Technologies

How Romantic Couples Use the Media for Relationship Management
ByCatalina L. Toma

chapter 6|27 pages

Social Media and Subjective Well-Being

A Relational Perspective
BySamuel Hardman Taylor, Natalya N. Bazarova

chapter 7|16 pages

Break-Ups and the Limits of Encoding Love

ByBernie Hogan

chapter 8|27 pages

Technologically Enhanced Dating

Augmented Human Relationships, Robots, and Fantasy
ByBrittany Davidson, Adam Joinson, Simon Jones

chapter 9|17 pages

Mobilizing the Biopolitical Category

Problems, Devices, and Designs in the Construction of the Gay Sexual Marketplace
ByKane Race

chapter 10|16 pages

“How Angels are Made”

Ashley Madison and the Social Bot Affair
ByTero Karppi

chapter 11|13 pages

Disruptive Joy

#BlackOutDay’s Affirmative Resonances
ByAlexander Cho

chapter 13|17 pages

On Love and Touch

The Radical Haptics of Gestational Surrogacy
ByMargaret Schwartz

chapter 14|23 pages

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

ByShaka McGlotten