Internet dating vs. Traditional Dating
Online vs. Traditional Dating
Society today has changed in many ways. For example, we now have something called “online dating.” There is also traditional dating, which has been around for centuries. Online dating and traditional dating have many similarities, but yet at the same time have many differences.
1- What is dating?
Online dating is one of technologies new advances. People can go to websites, create a profile describing themselves in full detail and chat with the opposite sex. Then the person is emailed the profiles of those who are suitable matches for him or her. Communicating through some sort of instant messenger, chat room, or website they get to know one another and further explore the relationship.
If the person is interested, they begin “talking”, or better known as getting to know each other. The conversations could be over such things as; looks, where they live, beliefs, age, if they have children, have they been married and so much more. If and when the person or persons decide there is a possible connection they will even go as far as sending pictures of themselves and give out person information. Online dating has its benefits, especially to those who are impatient, it is also very dangerous. Having the internet today, there is no actual way for you to tell who someone really is. In magazines there have been stories where young girls or guys on the internet try online dating, and the outcome results in disappointment, anger, deception, and in some cases death. One particular event a young girl at the ripe age of sixteen arranges a meeting with a man she believe is seventeen, attractive, and interested in her. The two meet in person and the boy she thought she was meeting turns out to be an older man in his mid to late forties. He kidnaps her, takes her to a secluded area, drugs her, has his way with her and then murders her. In her mind, she never fathomed he could or would be a criminal; she thought she was meeting a sweet, young, good-looking, honest guy.
Online dating is like walking into a dark cave. Traditional dating is a more self paced, general meeting of two people who would like to spend extra time together, getting to know one another, and seeing how well they interact. A good example is a man meeting a woman and sensing the attraction there he extends a formal invite for what we call a date. This process, in today’s day and age, can also be reversed with the woman asking the man out on a date. With traditional dating you get to go at a steadier pace, allowing yourself and your date to get to know each other, communicate more clearly and see each others facial expressions and read the body language. There are many pre-requisites that can be expected from the traditional dates. Men, who still practice these traditional values, will open the door for the woman, stand up when she leaves the table, pays for everything, and make the second move. In today’s society, there is also group dating which can consist of anywhere from two to fifteen plus men and women. On the group dates there are various activities to do like see a movie or show, go to a dancehall, dinner and bowling, or just hang out. Traditional dating can be just as frightening as online dating. If you do not know the person you are going out with or a blind date you have the fear of the unknown. In many cases the end results of some traditional dates have ended with stalkers, freaks, kidnappings, and in some severe cases even murder. It’s always good to be cautious when picking one on one date.
Online dating and traditional dating are very similar; it is meeting someone and developing feelings for that person. Know the person on the other end is just as nervous as you. Try to remain calm, cheerful, upbeat and yourself. Although both can be very dangerous; be careful to know your date whether it be online or in person. They are both fun and exciting experiences for anyone, remember to be alert, attentive and always be aware of your surroundings. It is always good for you to be in a well lit place with a crowd of people when going on the first date.
Online dating and traditional dating have many similarities but at the same time they share their differences. Traditional dating will always be around, but as far as online dating it may come and go due to safety regulations. Personally, traditional dating is more exciting to me than dating someone online. You get to meet the person face to face and spend quality time with them rather than sitting at your house, eating bon bons, and staring at your computer screen hoping it could turn into prince charming.