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Internet Dating - Would you Try it?
5 Reason Why People are Dating Online over Traditional
Gone are the days where a gentleman walks up to you, says hello and offers to buy you a drink. Now everyone goes to the Internet to find a date. Internet dating is appealing to a lot of people, especially millennials. Someone of an older generation often wonders why people are so attracted to this type of dating:
Social philanthropist says that people are using internet dating as a scapegoat. It allows them to hide behind a computer and not have to come face to face with other people. Other people say that it is just a generational thing.
Another reason some people say that they use online dating is because of their busy schedule they are unable to do traditional dating. It’s a less time commitment to flirt with someone over a text message. It’s a preview before actually committing time and effort to go on a date.
Blind dates are no longer safe and online gives people a chance to see if they get any creepy vibes from the person they have been communicating with. If they are on a blind date and the person gets creepy then they have less of a chance to escape.
You get to take things at your own pace. You get to decide if you want to actually date someone or if you are just looking for friendship. But not being under any pressure to go out with the person gives someone that is shy or just not ready for the dating world to ease into it.
Privacy. Your online profile allows people to only see the information you want them to see. The person does not know where you live or work.
Advantages of Online Dating
Huge pool of people to choose from
Matching tools available
More of a variety of people to choose from
Disadvantages of Online Dating
Unable to get that sixth sense feeling
You can be cat fished
Pictures can be deceiving
Pool overload and can be overwhelming
You may never actually get to meet the person
Where to go for a date
There are many sites that offer online dating. Some of the more common ones are Match, Plenty of Fish, OKCupid, eHarmony, ChristianMingle and BlackPeopleMeet. There is a cost for this service which can range anywhere from $30 to $60 a month. You may find some that are free, like OKCupid and Plenty of Fish. There are many other sites to choose from and their ads can be very entertaining. Research has shown that whether you decide to pay or not to pay for dating a site it does not make a difference. It’s a personal preference but they all produce results.
Birds of a feather Flock together
One interesting fact you can see about internet dating is that it racially segregates people. Whether we admit it or not everyone has a preference on the type of person they will like to date. Even though there are sites that is for everyone, when approached by certain individuals they are rejected. Then there are sites that only cater to a certain race or a certain caliber of people. Below is a rather funny but very insightful video into how internet dating is racially segregated.
People often say that America is a post racial society but we can clearly see that this is not the case. The majority of people still prefer to date within their race. Studies that are being conducted on this topic are showing that people are limiting themselves when they don’t look outside of their race. This can be due to fear of rejection either from their own friends and family or people of their own race. They also fear that the person that they are approaching will reject them. If someone does take a chance and date outside of their race and they are not rejected, they realize that their pool of people is much bigger than they originally thought and they continue taking chances outside of their own people. Although interracial dating has risen over the year it’s unfortunate that in the year 2018 we still find ourselves allowing race to be an issue when it comes to love.
Looking for Love on the Internet
As with everything else, if you are thinking about trying internet dating here are some things you should be aware of. People lie about their profile pictures and their age and what you see is not what you usually get. Secondly, everyone is looking for something different, some people are only looking for a sexual relationship and others are looking for marriage. Don't be upset just move on there are lots of fish in the sea. Finally, be aware of some sites, they are scams.
Funny Dating Stories
The term catfish is now a popular term that is associated with online dating. Its usually people that are portraying to be someone they are not. Then they lure someone into a relationship with their fictional character. They try to seek money from others by making up elaborate tragic stories to people that are desperately seeking love. Even though people are aware of such scams people continue to fall for them. The need to be loved by someone over shadows their common sense.
- 6 red flags for online dating scams - CBS News
Instead of love, lots of crooks out there are trying to get your money, and unsuspecting lonely hearts are prime targets
Red Flags of a Romance Scam
How will dating be in the future
Whether we hate it or not internet dating is not going anywhere. In fact, it is on the rise and online websites and apps will make it easier for people to connect. The apps and sites that offer these services are trying to give their users more transparency and will be offering more video dating options. The video below gives a prediction for dating in 2018.
Online Dating in 2018
- Dating in 2018: Love it or hate it, people will still be using apps - National | Globalnews.ca
What will the world of dating look like in 2018? Our experts predict the latest trends in finding love.
Internet dating may not be for everyone and if it is something that you are willing to try go into it with the right expectation and a great attitude. If you keep in mind that these sites are only a place to bring people together you might have a successful outcome. Internet dating is not a magic click of your mouse, and you will find your soul mate. You are still required to meet that person face to face and go on an old fashion date.