If you’re here then it’s likely you’re already asking yourself whether you should “try online dating?”. There are many reasons why you should, but here are six of the best:
1. Easy to look for the kind of person you’re interested in
We often have an idea in our head of what our ideal boyfriend/girlfriend will look like, listen to and enjoy doing, or perhaps what they won’t look like, listen to and enjoy doing lol. But how can you find this out from the all the people you come in contact with on a daily basis? It’s a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.
With online dating however, you can use lots of different criteria to search for exactly the kind of person you are looking for, then review all of the matches that meet them before deciding whether to even have any contact with them, making finding the kind of person you want more proactive than by relying on hit and miss.
If you’re not sure what kind of person you want to meet, or you’re willing to consider meeting someone who doesn’t tick all the boxes that you thought you wanted, you may be contacted by someone you may never have thought was your type and get on like a house on fire!
2. Great first impressions every time
We’ve all probably tried to talk to someone we were attracted to, but ended up stumbling through conversation or putting your foot in it because we were nervous? Or maybe struggled to even start a conversation because we didn’t know what they were interested in, or what to talk about? One benefit of online dating is that you can take time to compose your first message and think carefully about what you want to say before hitting the send button!
3. Too Busy!
Modern working lives are increasingly demanding, with more time spent at the office and less time socialising. While this might be great for your career, it can take its toll on your love life, making it difficult to meet new people. Online dating allows you to search for and message people you’re interested in at any time of the day, so you can fit it in around your busy schedule. In addition, the advent of mobile enabled sites, means you can even continue your search on the bus or train journey to/from work!
4. You find it difficult to meet people on a similar wavelength
Clubs and bars are great spaces for socialising, but sometimes it’s difficult to pluck up the courage to approach someone new. Whilst it’s easy to know whether or not you’re physically attracted to someone, it’s almost impossible to know if you’ll have chemistry, shared interests, morals and beliefs etc.
With online dating you can search for people with shared interests and who meet your specifications, so you’ll only have to contact the people whose profiles you’re interested in. Want to meet non smokers only? Remove them from your search. Want to meet people interested in marriage? Search solely for like minded people!
5. Your contact information is kept private
One benefit of online dating is that you can review your matches before contacting any of them, and when you do get in touch you can use the site’s built in features to message them without giving away any personal information, such as your email address or phone number – it’s completely up to you when you give out this information.
If you find that you don’t click with your match, you don’t have to give out your details and you always have the option to politely and privately go your own way.
6. It really works!
Research (YouGov, Dec 2011) found that one in five relationships now begin online. From the mid-1990s to 2010, the proportion of couples who’d met online rose from basically zero to just over 20%! There’s also no evidence that people who met online had worse relationships than other couples and no evidence that couples who met online had higher break-up rates.
With online dating, you can still experience the excitement that surrounds meeting someone new, as well as those moments of suspense, waiting for them to contact you. But most of all, you can exercise much more control over how you meet, who you meet and not just leave things to chance!