For a long time, online dating has been
frowned upon, mostly because it is a relatively new concept and people prefer
to date the old fashioned way. However, times are quickly changing, and more
and more people are actively swiping left and right. Why? Because internet
dating offers an experience that conventional dating does not.
You have the opportunity to create the best possible first impression, without your shyness or nervousness getting in the way. Basically, you get to “break the ice” much easier. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Lettuce continue (lame pun, I know).
Now, I’m not saying that you should completely convert to the online world. In fact, I highly recommend that you still engage in some good old fashioned dating (it’s important to build confidence in face-to-face encounters). However, if you’ve been on the fence about online dating or were reluctant to try it before, here’s a few noteworthy perks to consider.
1. It’s easy and convenient.
If you’ve been avoiding online dating because you thought it would be hard to get into, fear not. Dating websites and mobile apps have made it extremely easy to get started.
Basically, you first create your profile by uploading a photo (or a few) of yourself, and typing up a bio.
You can say whatever you want here, but of course make sure you’re being yourself and say clearly what it is you’re looking for. After that, there’s not much to it but to swipe left or right, or to browse through prospective men/women. Many dating services are totally free, and phone apps have made them extremely convenient as well.
2. You get access to more fish in the sea.
Old fashioned dating is great, yes. However,
if you think about your daily routine, there’s limited chances for you to socialize
and meet new people. Most people’s days consist of home, going to work,
stopping by the gym, and occasionally going out on weekends.
This provides you with only a limited chance to meet new people. With online dating, however, you get access to literally millions of prospective matches all around the world. Even if you were to narrow your search to only your hometown, you’d still have thousands more to choose from.
3. Perfectly-crafted first impressions.
Many old fashioned people will say that online
dating is inauthentic. I disagree.
Sure, there will be those people who say they are one thing on their profile and end up being another. However, they are more than likely the same way in person as well (and they should be avoided).
Generally, online dating can allow you to
create a great first impression. Many of us may tend to get
nervous or shy when meeting new people, which can often ruin a first
Because you’re shy/nervous in the moment, you don’t have the chance to express all of your amazing attributes as you’d like.
With online dating, however, you can share all the details about yourself as you wish. You can list your hobbies, what you want in a man/woman, what kind of person you are, etc.
You can even admit that you’re shy when meeting people! This way, people know exactly what they’re getting into when dating you, and you have the confidence knowing you were able to share more about who you really are under all that shyness and rosy cheeks.
4. Online dating is not only for casual dating.
Many people believe that online dating is a
place where only casual dating and flings happen. However, this couldn’t be any
further from the truth. In fact, there are many success stories about couples
who met on dating websites and are now either married or have been together for
a long time.
Full disclosure, there are a few dating sites (like POF & Tinder) where casual dating is more prominent. However, you can still find love on these sites or others such as eHarmony or Match.com.
5. Find someone who’s just as weird as you.
Having common interests and similar view on
life are essential for a strong and healthy relationship. Finding someone with
common interests can be fairly easy if you’re into nature or sports. But what
if you’re into Star Wars, pet snakes, ghost hunting, and collecting Pokemon
cards? Surely there’s no one out there for you, right? Wrong.
With online dating, you get access to millions of possible matches, including someone who is also into Star Wars, pet snakes, ghost hunting, and collecting Pokemon cards.
6. It’s cheaper than old fashioned dating.
When you meet someone in person and go on
dates with them, it can take a few dates before you realize that he or she
isn’t the right one for you.
Basically, you spend a good amount of money on food, movies, drinks, and gifts just to realize that they aren’t a good match.
With online dating, however, you have the ability to choose more carefully who you go on a date with. You can be as picky as you want, and you can even take a longer time (but not too long) before you actually go on a date with a person.
Many people start on a dating site, move to texts and video messaging, then progress into going on a date if everything feels right.
7. There are even niche dating sites.
Are you a vegan activist? Do you enjoy
backpacking in countries you’ve never been to? Or maybe you’re a huge book nerd
and collect books as a hobby.
Whatever it is that you’re into, there’s likely a legitimate dating site for that.
There are hundreds of specialty services that cater to people with specific interests.
8. Because…what do you have to lose?
With online dating, there’s virtually nothing to lose. Many sites are free, so you don’t have to spend a dime if you don’t want to. If you’re worried about sharing your personal information online, don’t worry. Most sites allow you to be as anonymous or as open about your identity as you want. And if all else fails and you decide online dating is not for you, it only takes a couple of clicks to permanently delete your profile…there’s no obligation involved.
As you can see, online dating comes with many benefits, and these are only a few. It’s cheap, easy, obligation-free, and you get access to meeting new people. Who knows, one of them may just end up being the one you marry. With all these benefits and no obligation involved, you have nothing to lose….and everything to gain.