Meeting your next love is now easier than ever, through online dating. It’s estimated that over 20 million Americans are using online dating sites; more than doubled that of just five years ago.
Here are the pros and cons.
The Upside to Online Dating
● Online dating gives you access to hundreds of potential dates, and those potential dates know you’re out there, and you're interested.
● You can search for people in the privacy of your home with no outside pressure. You can take your time and consider if you like the person’s profile description, contacting only the people who seem to interest you.
● There are many smaller niche dating sites now that if you have a special interest or hobby, religious preference, or any other need, chances are you'll find an online dating site where you can meet with people of similar passions.
● There are even free sites, so online dating doesn't have to break the bank. And you can get feedback from a potential date before taking the plunge and contacting him or her.
The Downside to Online Dating
● It can be time consuming to browse all the possibilities, but not as time consuming as having date after date looking to meet the right person. Filling out profiles take time, but it helps you narrow the field. You’ll probably be asked to give your reasons for wanting to date, your long term goals, whether you want kids or not, and what you are looking for in a relationship.
● You'll be meeting with someone about whom you know little, so it pays to be extra careful. Never put in your address or your phone number, and never meet at your place for the first few times, or have the person pick you up. Don't divulge too much information until you get to meet the person.
● You don't know whether the person is telling the truth about his, or her background. Take your time and care to build trust and confidence in each other. Use your common sense and caution, keeping in the back of your mind that what you are reading may or may not be true
● Potential dates will be relying on your profile, so be honest in what you put on a profile. Use a current picture, that it is clear and that the person can see your face. Nothing will turn off your date more quickly then if you don’t look like the picture he or she had in mind before meeting you.
Like all dating, computer dating is a numbers game. The more times you date, the more likely you'll meet the date of your dreams.
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