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In 2018 online dating is bigger than ever before, allowing people to meet who wouldn’t have otherwise met. Allowing you to meet people all over the country who share the same interests as you, when you live in a small town it is hard to meet those people who you really click with. Plus the chances of you meeting someone you already know or who one of your friends has already been on a date with is high. With online dating, for the most part, it eliminates this and allows you to meet someone you really click with. I mean it’s not every day you meet someone who ticks most of your boxes.
Online dating is great for those who may not have enough confidence to start speaking to someone online, I know that was a big thing for me personally, with anxiety it is a lot easier to speak to people online first and then meet in person, as it feels like you have those key points to talk about. When I asked on Twitter a little while back how people met their other halves, it ranged from work, at the gym all the way back to old-school social media such as MySpace and Bebo all the way forward to a variety of dating websites and people are happy to share their stories. It’s no longer something you need to hide from your friends and family because most people try online dating at least once.
Of course, with every pro, there is always a con. Online dating does come with its cons, I mean in most cases you are meeting a stranger. Years of watching Catfish has put me on edge, that you are going to meet someone completely different to the person you speak to online. Obviously, Catfish is one end of the spectrum as it often turns out to be people they know in real life and is definitely dramatized, but the point is it can sometimes be someone completely different to the profile, looks-wise or age-wise. We’ve all been there, right? I can often make it past the looks barrier if they’re still the person they said they were, as who doesn’t big themselves up online, but when there is more to it and they’ve used another person’s pics or are a completely different age, it changes the ball game.
Overall, online dating offers a lot more pros than it does cons, allowing to learn about a person before meeting them encourages to learn more about them beforehand and eliminates some of the awkwardness as you feel like to an extent you already know the person and it allows you to be more fussy with who you chose to meet up with, as I mean finding a potential partner is difficult and can take time for sure. Although the awkwardness element isn’t completely eased it allows a little bit pressure to be taken off. Giving you more time to enjoy the date and less time worrying about the awkward silences (that feel like they’re going on for an eternity although it’s actually only a minute or two) My most important piece of dating advice is to have fun, you can try so many new experiences and go to places you didn’t even know existed until the date and you learn a lot about yourself whilst dating which I found helped me for future dates.
For more of my online dating chronicles, you can read my finding love online post.