Writing: Essay Proposal Example

Joseph Reagle

Snappy start

A new language of love has emerged—one of “swiping right” and “matching”—and it is transforming how relationships form….

✓ snappy


I will argue that social media hinders, rather than facilitates, the formation of relationships…

  • ✗ explore/discuss/analyze
  • ✓ argue/explain/answer


I will explain the types of people who use online dating apps and their motivations. Furthermore, I will review studies about how online dating can lower self-esteem and deter people from using interpersonal communication skills to start and maintain relationships. This is complemented by concerns that prior investigations of a potential partner’s social media can be detrimental to trust in online-started relationships.

Support 1

In “Love me Tinder” Sindy Sumter, et al. (2016) explore the characteristics and motivations behind people who use Tinder…

  • ✗ subtitle
  • ✓ Author, et. al

Support 2

How, then, do Tinder’s users’ sleuthing affect the trust they are likely to build? According to Jennifer Gibbs, et al. (2001), Googling does reduce uncertainty about the identity of the partner but can also cause a couple to skip important moments of self-disclosure and therefore decreasing intimacy….

  • ✗ don’t need titles in APA, really
  • ✗ no “recipe” segue (e.g., “and then… and then…”)
  • ✓ rhetorical question segue

Support N


These sources will allow me to show that social media does not benefit the formation and success of relationships. Rather, it leads people to avoid face-to-face interpersonal communication. Uncertainty and discomfort are a part of forming relationships, and social media should not be used as a shortcut to bypass awkward or uncomfortable situations.