Online dating is becoming far more common these days, and as such, it doesn’t have the same stigma that it used to. There are many dating apps and websites out there, and three in ten American adults say that they have used at least one of them at some point in their lives. So if you’re thinking of giving online dating a go, here’s a quick introduction, so you know what to expect.
The wonderful world of online dating
With so many people using online dating nowadays, there is the potential to meet far more people than you would face-to-face. You’re no longer limited to those people near you geographically. This is especially helpful if you live in a remote area or look for a particular type of person. Of course, because there are so many people to choose from, there’s a risk of getting overwhelmed, stressed out, or obsessed with finding the ‘perfect’ potential partner. To avoid this, think about what you’re looking for in a match and tailor your searches accordingly.
The algorithms used in online dating can help you meet people you’re compatible with, whether through shared hobbies and interests or similar personalities. Most dating apps and websites are also fully inclusive, meaning you can easily find a potential partner regardless of your age, gender, or sexual orientation. Many sites are specifically designed for certain groups of people, making it even easier to meet the right person for you.
Online dating can be ideal if you’re shy, as meeting someone and getting to know them online first can be less intimidating. There’s no need to rush into an in-person meeting until you feel comfortable and ready, and if you experience any unwanted behavior, you can report it immediately and block the person in question.
This virtual communication can also allow you to test the waters safely before meeting face-to-face, and see if the two of you are genuinely a match. Just remember that communicating online can be somewhat artificial and unnatural, making it hard to decide in advance if someone is right for you. Face-to-face interaction is still the best way to get to know someone.
If you’re worried that online dating can be expensive, don’t be. You can trial free versions of websites first to see which work best for you or offset the cost by using an OkCupid coupon.
Although online dating is still not the most common way people tend to meet their partners – in one survey, only 12% of Americans said they have been in a committed relationship with someone they met online – there are plenty of online dating success stories. It’s estimated that one in five relationships start online, and some even lead to marriage.
Whatever you think about online dating, it certainly seems as though it is here to stay. Just remember to be safe when meeting someone new: stick to popular, public places and tell someone where you’re going. Happy dating!