Saturday 19 August 2017

Is Online Dating Worth the While?

Last Updated: 03 June 2024

In the past, dating was an act of courtship, a dance of stolen glances and careful flirtation. A couple would find one another through work, mutual friends or a chance meeting at a bar.

Nowadays, however, the increasing dominance of technology and the internet has meant that dating and finding a partner has taken a whole new turn - welcome to the age of the online dating phenomenon.

There used to be a stigma attached to online dating, but as the available apps and websites have become more sophisticated and far more accessible, this has lessened. Today, online dating is seen by many as a great new way to meet like-minded people and, if you're lucky, get a date or two into the bargain. If you're fortunate, maybe one day you might even hear the chime of wedding bells!

Benefits and Drawbacks

Of course, however, online dating isn't for everyone. Some people are more traditional, while others prefer to get to know someone in person rather than befriend an online persona. But while digital dating does have its drawbacks, can it actually work?

One of the biggest draws is that many dating sites allow you to easily set your profile and preferences to suit what you are looking for. You can adjust your profile to be as local or as widespread as you want. This can also be great if you are looking to meet new people, as the wider your area, statistically, the more people you have the potential to meet.

Conversely, online dating also gives you the freedom and flexibility to be picky about your potential pool of partners through niche sites. Over-50s dating may be one thing, but if you then add a specific location to the mix, for instance, you are instantly narrowing down the field to include only the people you think you will connect with best.

Sharing My Thoughts

From my own experience, I've only ever used one online dating site - Tinder. It's one of the most popular dating sites out there, especially among teens and younger adults, and the quick and easy swiping method which allows you to get matches has surely contributed to its success.

I've actually been fortunate with Tinder. I've met some great people and, even though I was only on there for a very short time, I was still lucky enough to meet both of my last two boyfriends on the app. Despite starting off a little too optimistic regarding the location radius (it turns out dating doesn't work out so well when you don't actually live in the same county as your match!) I soon found my feet with the app.

Even though I matched with both and exchanged messages yet obviously never had a 'first impressions' face-to-face meeting with either, I can now say that it is thanks to Tinder that I met two amazing people - one of my closest friends and the man I hope to spend the rest of my life with.

Bearing this in mind, my opinions of online dating should be pretty clear to see. From a personal point of view, I've had far more success with it than I ever imagined I would - for an introvert like me, online dating offers the perfect opportunity to virtually get out there and meet new people.

If you're single and thinking of giving online dating a try, I'd say to pluck up the courage and go for it. After all, you never know who could be waiting just around the corner!

Have you tried online dating? Do you think it's worthwhile? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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