THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE DATING
Over the years, the way in which people find a date has changed. People tend not to wait around in bars any more hoping to catch the eye of a potential date.
One of the main reasons people turn to online dating is its convenience. You can use its services any time of day, at a time that suits you, in an environment you feel comfortable and safe in. Being in the comfort of your own home also means you will not have the distractions of finding a date in the ‘real world’, such as loud music, crowds of people and even your friends. When you go out to try and meet people, it is important to always look good, however when dating online there is no need to dress up. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a bad hair day or if you have a huge spot on your face, the people you are trying to impress won’t see you.
You spend most of your time on a first date finding out about a person, but online dating allows you to find out information before meeting up. That way, you don’t end up wasting time meeting someone who you are actually incompatible with. When you do eventually meet up you will already know information about them, giving you something to talk about, therefore avoiding those moments of uncomfortable silence. Through sending messages to each other, you can get an idea of what kind of person they are and how they think, which can help you decide if you are interested in them.
Many people are quite fussy when it comes to finding a date. Online dating allows you to search through databases of people for individuals who match your chosen search criteria. If you relied on meeting people at a bar or club, it could take you for ever to meet someone who matched your criteria, wasting some of your valuable time and leading to disappointment. Chatting to singles online gives you the opportunity to find about any flaws or insecurities they may have, as well as give you the opportunity to disclose yours. Knowing about flaws and issues either of you may have beforehand is much better than finding out about them on a first date and being put off.
Communicating with someone behind a computer screen often makes people more confident. You tend to ask more questions than you would in person, and even be more open about your feelings. When in front of someone, it is easy to feel embarrassed; therefore you will be more reserved discussing your feelings. The more you know about someone, the better, especially if you really start to feel a connection. When it some to meeting, you will feel more relaxed as you will feel like you already know them.
When you go out to find a date, you often risk bumping into your ex, or people you would rather avoid. Using online dating services, you avoid that happening. If you do happen to come across a profile of someone you want to avoid, then you don’t have to do anything, whereas in the ‘real world’ you would face an awkward conversation and feel very uncomfortable.
Dating can be very expensive, especially if the dates end up being unsuccessful. The cost of food, drinks, tickets, travel, new outfits and possibly babysitting, all adds up. However, with online dating you can avoid wasting money on those areas. If you do decide to meet up with someone you have met online, then you may need to spend some money on those areas, but as you already know information about them, there is a greater chance the date will be a success. Some online dating sites charge for their services, but there are also some great free services out there too, both which can save you money compared to the more traditional ways of dating.
No one likes having to say no to a date, or telling their date that you didn’t have a good time. It is especially hard face to face. It is much easier to reject someone via a computer than it is in person. You have a computer screen to hide behind and you have the opportunity to think about what you are going to say, rather than being put on the spot and feeling flustered. With online dating you can think about what you want to write in your messages, whether you are rejecting someone or not.
Overall, there are many benefits to online dating and these advantages outweigh the disadvantages. With many success stories, more and more people turn to using online dating sites with the hopes of finding love online.