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Online Dating 101: The Pros and Cons of Online Dating

Updated on September 15, 2017

How can you be successful in online dating? With millions of people using dating apps and dating sites, there's a big chance that you'll be able to find the partner you've been searching for. Weigh the pros and cons and know if it works for you. Read on, because a simple analysis of online dating pros and cons can be a great help to you.

The Pros of Online Dating:

  1. You can connect with a lot of people in a small amount of time. Online dating apps and sites can provide you access to more "potential date or partner".
  2. These online dating apps and sites provide a different type of matching and personality tests and even psychological tests that can be your guide to have a compatible dating partner.
  3. Online dating services allow you to meet your potential date in the comfort of your home. This is one of the reasons why many people prefer to use online dating sites and apps. Gone are the days where you sit uncomfortably and awkwardly waiting for your blind date.
  4. These online dating services can offer you a lot of options and ways on how to get to know your potential date before meeting them face-to-face. Getting to know your potential date through a computer or phone call is one of the safest and convenient ways without much risk.
  5. You can immediately tell if you can be compatible with your potential date based on their profile. Their profile can tell if you have something in common.

The Cons of Online Dating:

  1. Because online dating apps and sites are very popular and have many users, it is confusing and overwhelming at first. Without any clear plan on what to look for in a "potential date or partner", it can get you stuck in an endless searching rather than starting seeing or dating face-to-face.
  2. The matching and personality testing that online services offer may not be accurate to some individual. You can actually cheat on your answers and in addition, people change over time and they can present themselves differently in person.
  3. Online dating apps and sites is a crowded digital space, which makes it harder to weed out the good from the bad because many users do lie about their profiles and can even use grabbed photos that obviously, not them.
  4. Communication through email can be boring at some point. At times, it can be hard to guess if you and your potential date are compatible because emotional touch is lacking.
  5. Profiles on online dating apps and sites can be misleading because some users are not honest enough to put their true photos and can't be honest to answer basic questions on their profile section.

Online dating is an easy and convenient way to find your potential date, and if you are lucky enough this might be the place where you can find your future partner in life. Whether you decide to give it a try or not, this online dating thing can be tough just like dating in a real world. Good luck and happy dating!

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      dashingscorpio 4 months ago

      "Without any clear plan on what to look for in a "potential date or partner", it can get you stuck in an endless searching rather than starting seeing or dating face-to-face." - Very true!

      However it's up to the individual to already (know) what they want before they begin their search. There are also niche sites.

      Ideally each of us has our own mate selection process and "must haves list" along with what our goal is.

      Otherwise it's the equivalent jumping behind the wheel of a car and driving without any destination in mind.

      Secondly it's important to remember the same people offline are also online. Before there was an Internet people lied or mislead people they met. Once again it's up to the individual to determine their own criteria and screening.

      Online dating is nothing more than a (tool) for meeting new people. It's not the "be all" or "end all" for dating.

      Several years ago Match.com stated 1 in 5 marriages take place in the U.S. between couples who met online.

      Another way of saying the same thing is 80% of marriages take place between people who DID NOT meet online.

      Therefore it's probably best to continue socializing, attending parties, events, classes, church, and other public venues in addition to having an online dating profile.

      Each of us (chooses) our own friends, lovers, and spouse.

      Nothing good or bad happens until YOU say "yes".

      Once again YOU are responsible for having your own mate selection process and must haves list. Online dating is a tool.

      Much like a fork is a tool for eating. It can be used to eat a garden salad or a slice of double fudge chocolate cake. However no obese person would ever blame their {fork} for their weight gain!

      And yet people who have bad online dating experiences will blame the whole online dating industry.

      Always use good commonsense when meeting strangers both online and offline.