expectancy disconfirmation in the context of online dating, this thesis explores onlinedaters’ impression management practices with using the bogus pipeline (BPL) procedure to improve understandings of how individuals present themselves in the online communication. Specifically, this thesis compares impression management between responses when participants are thinking about the possibility of expectancy disconfirmation upon meeting someone and responses when participants are not thinking ahead in such a manner. BPL often employs the specter of participants being tested with a polygraph machine, as they provide their responses, so that participants believe that their answers are being monitored. However, the machine is not actually being used, to do so – it is simply there as a manipulation to (hopefully) evoke more veridical–or accurate–responses from study participants.
To examine the effects of a BPL manipulation designed to generate more empirically valid responses, a two-condition, controlled laboratory experiment was conducted, wherein experimental group responses–in the form of calculating BMIs, as a function of reported height and weight–are compared to those of a control group, who are not told that their responses will be verified – meaning that no BPL is performed, with that group. Within the study, BPL presence (see, Quigley-Fernandez & Tedeschi, 1978) is the independent variable (IV), with values of present and not present, and
height/weight responses allow for the calculation of BMI as the dependent variable (DV), which is compared between two conditions, in order to examine response veridicality.