Online Dating - What's the Deal?
The World We Live In
Online dating used to be largely stigmatized, believe it or not. There was a time where people were embarrassed to admit they were on popular sites such as 'Tinder' or 'Plenty of Fish.' This industry is now worth $2 billion dollars and over 40 million people in America alone have given it a try. But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about? Some say online dating is making the world of dating better and more effective, and others argue that something important and of value has been lost as a result.
Meeting New People
The biggest problem with the term 'online-dating' is that it should not be coined as that. Simply put, you're not online dating, you're online meeting. You meet the person first, and then you go out on a date.
Now, when it's put like that, it makes a lot more sense, doesn't it? The first step to ending up with someone (hopefully the love of your life) is to meet that someone; and dating websites and/or apps help you to do just that. For something that has always been so important to society, we have no real efficient way to do it. Those who are shy or anxious may find it so much easier to just pick up their laptop or smartphone to swipe right; and they may even be the first to say hi!
Of course, there is something beautiful about the romance of running into someone in person and hitting it off right away, but that rarely happens -- unless you're in a romantic comedy -- and for one of the most important missions in a lot of our lives, it doesn't really make sense to crush your ability to meet amazing people to try a first date with just because it isn't as good of a story to have met them online.