When you are thinking about the easiest way to find new good friends or even a new relationship what comes first to your mind? Of course online dating!
The internet has become the third most common way to meet a significant other, outranked only by meeting through a mutual friend or relative and meeting in school or the workplace. Last year, 17% of marriages consisted of couples that met on the internet, and 20% of current relationships were begun online.
Online dating may have initially been curiosity or the domain of desperate computer nerds, but it has definitely gone mainstream. Part of the reason for this is because the internet itself has gone mainstream. Everyone is online, be it banking, shopping, bill paying, e-mailing, social networking or watching movies and videos.
The internet is just another way to communicate, and online dating is a logical extension of communication. Think of it as an invitation to get to know someone a little better. The dating sites are dedicated to helping you find a person you might like to meet. Haven’t tried online dating yourself? Here are ten reasons you might want to give them a try.
You are in control of the dating experience
You decide what sites to visit, how much or how little information to add to your personal profile and even what name you want to use. And you need only reply to those potential dates that appeal to you. If you change your mind or meet someone in the meantime, you can withdraw your profile altogether.
You don’t have to leave home
You can get to know someone without having to go on a date, with all of the nerve-wracking decisions that imply. No worries about what to wear, where to go, what to do or what to say. You can take all the time you need to get to know the person before or even if you decide to meet them for a date at all.
There is a huge increase in the pool of potential dates
Even if you keep your dating preferences within your city, chances are you will meet someone you wouldn’t have met in your day to day activities. Comedian Aziz Ansari said his friend was getting married to a woman he met online and the friend had only two requirements for his date search: within 15 miles of his home and Jewish. It is a funny story and most likely true; it leads us to the next reason to try online dating.
You can find a site that matches people with the same background
There are Christian, Jewish, Catholic, LDS (Mormon), and any number of sites that focus on specific religious beliefs. There are sites for certain age groups, ethnicities, LBGT, singles with children and so on.
There are sites that focus entirely on interests
There is a site for people who consider themselves farmers, sites for “Cougars”, or older women who like young men, BBW sites for men who like full figured women, sites for anime enthusiasts and sites for people who dress as animals, or “furries”. The variety of interest sites is endless.
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Sites can find someone for you based on compatibility
There are very popular dating sites that use compatibility tests to match you with someone that has like values and interests. They are more expensive, but many people have found successful relationships using these websites.
The more prominent dating sites may have costs associated with them, but may also provide background checks for their members. This goes a long way in providing a level of safety for their website users.
You may not find the love of your life right away, but think of the fun and anticipation each day will bring as you wait for replies or responses to your profile. You may even decide to alter your profile to heighten the number of responses you receive. There is the potential to have fun meeting people and chatting online even if you never meet in person.
Widening your circle of experience
Every experience in life brings with it new discoveries and challenges. You might be introduced to a new activity, learn a new hobby or become aware of a new culture just by opening yourself to new thoughts, ideas and people.
There is nothing to lose
If you are going home alone each night and feeling lonely, what do you have to lose by possibly chatting with and getting to know another person who perhaps is feeling the same? It could lead to nothing, or it could be the beginning of something wonderful.