Online dating carries with it a stigma that it is the last resort for losers who lack the social skills to successfully find a mate. But is that really true? Have you considered online dating but just didn’t know how to go about it? Or do you date online and keep it a secret??
This article is the first of three articles that explores onine dating. My goal is to dispel some of the mystery and questions regarding online dating.
Over 20 million people log on to an online dating service each month. While some of these folks may be desperate to find a mate, could that be the case for all 20 million of them??
The fact is online dating has become so popular because of its convenience. You can look for and interact with other members in your spare time. It offers you the opportunity to connect with others who are looking for the same thing while it gives you an outlet to meet many more singles than most of us could ever meet in our day-to-day life. And the fear of rejection is basically eliminated, giving you the confidence to initiate contact and enjoy the process.
Another benefit is the ability to screen potential dates before you actually meet them. With photos and profiles available, you can sift through the thousands of members and narrow it down to those who share your interests, values and goals. You can communicate through instant message, web cams and emails before you ever have to meet in person. This allows you to narrow down your choices without having to waste a lot of time and energy on someone who is, shall we say, not so desirable.
Compare online dating to a blind date. The plus of a blind date is that hopefully a mutual friend who knows both parties has considered your interests and values before putting you two together. With online dating, you have the ability to do this yourself.
In my next article, I’ll be talking about the disadvantages of dating online.
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