|Good and Bad : Dating Online
|In most cases, the experiences gained with
online dating are positive ones. Even if you never make a love
connection, you can make many new friends. Thousands of people
have met online through a dating service, built a friendship,
and then gone on to be married. Therefore, if you are thinking
about joining an online dating service, you should expect
something positive to come from it. However, along with all the
advantages, there are some disadvantages to consider.
Let us start with the disadvantages of using an
online dating service:
- Some online dating services do
accommodate the use of photographs. In this case, you
will not be able to see the person to make proper
judgments. Studies that have been done across the
country stress the importance of physical attraction
when it comes to the beginning of romance, especially
for a man. Without a photograph, people can exaggerate
the truth or be dishonest altogether. This problem is
especially a problem when it comes to online dating.
People want to put their best foot forward, making a
positive, lasting impression. To accomplish this, the
truth is often stretched.
- Maintaining a high level of members
can be a challenge. Initially, the numbers will grow but
over time, people drop off for one reason or another,
usually because they have made a connection, which is a
good thing for them but that is one less potential
person for you.
- If you were to meet someone in
another city, state, or country that interests you, and
that relationship builds to something more than
friendship, one of you would have to make a decision
As you can see, the disadvantages are few.
Typically, a reputable online dating service will have far
more advantages than they do disadvantages. Some of the
common advantages to enjoy are:
- You will have the opportunity to meet
men and women all around the globe, not just your local
bar, restaurant, or country club.
- Online dating services are designed
to meet the needs of every age group, ethnic group,
religious group, hobby group, and so on. Therefore, if
you are elderly and looking for a companion, you can
choose an online dating service that focuses solely on
making connections for people in your age group. If you
love to snow ski, travel, or some other activity, there
are dating services designed so people with these same
interests can come together.
- Instead of having to get all dressed
up to head out to meet someone, you can relax in your
favorite pair of sweats with a cup of coffee and flirt
online. Just imagine sorting through various profiles
and photos without having to go to all the fuss of
dressing up, which is exactly one of the benefits of
- Not everyone in life is blessed with
a gorgeous body and face. By using online dating, you
have the chance to impress someone with your charm,
humor, and sincerity before they see what you look like.
By that time, you have them hooked, or at least
- Online dating forces you to take
things slow, giving you a better opportunity to get to
know each other before getting too serious. Typically,
two people will communicate via the dating service,
eventually talk on the phone, and then at some point,
make a date to meet in person. All of this takes time so
you have the chance to learn more about a person than
what you would learn from in-person dating.
- Online dating is less expensive than
in-person dating. The average cost to join a dating
service is $20 per month. For this, you will have access
to thousands of profiles and photos, giving you time to
narrow down your selection.
- Generally, online dating is much
safer than meeting someone in person. Most reputable
online dating services have built in tools to protect
your identity until you are ready to disclose it.
- With online dating, you have the
opportunity to meet people regardless of your schedule.
For instance, many people work the graveyard shift,
making encounters at bars and other functions almost
impossible. Since the online dating services are open
24x7, 365 days a year, you can meet people on your