Finding that special someone to date, romance, and fall in love with – it used to be something that we left up to chance. But these days, more and more people are looking into the benefits of online dating. Could your perfect person be on the web, sitting in front of a computer screen, looking for you?
Before you go rushing off to write up your dating profile, you should consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of finding love online.
Advantage: you can be picky
It’s up to you to select your potential mate’s location, profession, hobbies… you can even choose which political opinions and religions make for a compatible date.
Disadvantage: you can be too picky
Is it really essential that your partner has brown eyes and loves the same football team as you? By being too picky, you’re eliminating potential dates who you might really get along with. Remember, opposites attract – do you really want someone who thinks the same way as you about everything?
Advantage: get to know your date before you meet
With email, phone calls and messaging, it’s easy to spend a bit of time getting to know someone before you meet in person. It’s a great way to find out if you share the same values, sense of humor, and love of watching Breaking Bad in your onesies.
Disadvantage: are they only perfect on paper?
There’s nothing worse than spending hours, days and even weeks swapping emails with your potential date, only to meet up and realize you just haven’t got any chemistry. Dating experts advise not to spend too much time on someone before you meet, so you don’t invest in a relationship that is dead on arrival.
Advantage: you can win the numbers game
The more people you meet and date, the more likely you are to meet someone special and fall in love. Online dating gives you the chance to meet a lot of new people and make new friends, which will also increase your chances of finding ‘the one’.
Disadvantage: what disadvantage?