A lot of us have experienced online dating, but there are still a lot of people out there who are skeptical about dating a person they meet online. I could understand where you are coming from since you have no idea who the person on the other end of the keyboard is. True they could be lying about what they look like, their personality, their jobs etc.. but if you think about it this could be true about anyone you meet, except for what they look like of course. When you meet at a bar, party, grocery store or where ever it is, you know nothing about this person. The way you learn about this person is through dates and conversations.
In my opinion, dating online actually has some benefits that outweigh your typical dating scenario.
Many people are shy when they meet new people. Though they may have great personalities, they may not feel comfortable approaching another for a date. It is much easier to talk and be yourself while you are home in your own comfort zone.
If you’re not comfortable with the person you are speaking with you can easily stop talking with them. Block them if you need to. It is actual easier to get out of an online chat then it is to leave a date at a restaurant. *Note you should never give out personal information like your address or phone number until you are extremely comfortable. But the same is true when you date anyone.
You can truly build a friendship with a person online if you continually talk to them. Yes physical attraction is important, but emotional attraction is what holds couples together. You can at your own pace get to know another person before you even meet in person.
It helps people who do not have a lot of time for social events and activities. Many people are single because they do not have the time to go out and meet people, whether it is because of family, work or whatever. You can at your own leisure go to dating sites and look for people who you may be compatible with.
I think it is a misconception that everyone online looking for love lies about themselves. While they may highlight their pros and leave out some of their cons this is true in the “real” world as well. When you first meet somebody you always try your best to impress. Online is no different. There are going to be people who lie, but there are also many people who are being truthful and who really do want to start something real.
My advice is to be careful. No matter where you find your next date. The same rules apply in person as they do online. Make sure that you meet in a public place. Tell others where you are going and check in with them. Online dating is sort of like a blind date because you are not exactly sure what to expect, but it is better than a blind date because you have already had the chance to get to know this person a little. So it is a blind date with an advantage.
I met my boyfriend online. We have been together almost 10 years now. He was the 2nd person I ever met online. The first did not work out, but hey how many dates actually turn into relationships? My odds; 1 out of 2 – pretty good odds I might say. Before I met either in person, I did the whole chatting and dating site thing. I talked to many people. I got to know many people, but I met the ones that I wanted to meet. It gives you the opportunity to weed out the ones you already know will not work out.
Online dating in my opinion has many advantages. I believe it helps prevent a lot of wasted dates. If you are single, give an online dating site a try. You may feel a little weird at first, but in no time you will see it is not such a big deal.