Online dating (and not apps that promote one-night stands or infidelity) is not a new concept to most of us. There are many dating sites out there that market a guarantee that you will meet that special someone – or your money back.
I trialed internet dating for 3 months earlier this year and have recently gone back to try and find my ‘one’. From where I stand there are a number of pros and cons that should be considered before and during online dating.
It is relatively anonymous. This is both positive and negative. You can be honest about yourself and your wants without fear of judgement from people you know outside of the interweb. On the other hand, anonymity is enticing to those with poor character and this brings me to my next point.
Catfishing. I suspect anyone who does not use proper English with their messages or profile. Also, people who are too nosy. So basically everyone. But catfishing is an important thing to be wary of because it can have catastrophic consequences for the victims.
You get to know your ‘one’ without the worry of awkward first dates. Yes, first dates can be filled with long silences and jaggered conversation. Not to mention the pressure to look your best with the perfect ‘no make up’ make up look. With internet dating, you can sit at home in your exercise clothes and have long-winded conversations in comfort.
Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and start a conversation. It is difficult for people who have little confidence (and hence why they are trying internet dating) and I know from experience the disappointment when you don’t receive a reply
If you don’t like him, then you don’t reply. It seem pretty simple.
Unwanted attention is more difficult to avoid. Your profile is there for any member to access and they can continue to message you unless admin steps in. Although, it is still probably easier to delete an email then to avoid an avid admirer at work or the gym.
In the end you just have to weigh up the pros and cons for yourself. Is internet dating worth it for you?