Online Real-ationships and Romance: Pros and Cons of Online Dating Dating Sites and Dating Apps



You may have heard it tons of times before, just like a broken record: Don’t look for love; it’ll find you. But, when and how? Maybe it’s time you took matters into your own hands and did some soul searching for your soul mate. Maybe it’s time to take a pro-active approach in looking for your date/mate and start the search online! There are lots of success stories out there of matches that have been made online, via a dating site or dating app.

SEARCH FOR MR. RIGHT

Longing and looking for a relationship, but need help finding him? You know…Mr. Right…he’souttheresomewhere, right? Perhaps, he’s online! Maybeyou’verunthroughyourfamily’sandfriends’ suggestionsforfindingpotentialdatesandmatesandstillcan’tseemtofindanyone right. Maybeyou’ve been to many meet-up groups and lots of social events, but still can’tseemtoconnectwiththerightperson. Maybeyoushouldgiveonlinedatingatry!

EXPLORE THE OPTIONS

If you’re keen on variety, online dating is the way to go. You can choose from a pool of peoples’ profiles, based on factors like demographics and preferences.

Whatever your likes and preferences, explore all the dating world has to offer by getting on a dating site or phone app.

TAKING REJECTION

Thankfully, with online dating, it’s easy not to take rejection personally. If someone’s not your type and turns you down, you can always just move on to the next person’s profile.

Ever want to go into hibernation mode and take a break from online dating? On some sites, you can freeze your account and come back later. This often means your profile will not be visible or active, but you can always reactivate it with the click of a button. It’s just that easy to deactivate your account.

PROS OF ONLINE DATING

  • The online dating world is filled with lots of options
  • Start your online profile in seconds
  • Online dating sites and apps are sometimes free or reasonably priced
  • You can talk in your PJs from home or wherever
  • You’ll enjoy the ease of online communications
  • Online dating is convenient whether at home or on the go
  • You can meet people locally or across the globe

CONS OF ONLINE DATING

  • Sometimes you have to weed through a lot of profiles
  • You can’t always verify if matches are legit
  • Online communication can’t replace that in-person connection
  • It may be unsafe to meet in person and there’s the possibility of being lied to

STAY SAFE

So what about safety and security? Some sites have moderators that can remove fake profiles and conduct background checks to verify. Some offer 24/7 support and help pages. There may be SSL encryption technology to prevent scammers and spammers from entering the site.

However, these security features may not be enough and the rest is up to you. To address safety concerns, always meet in a public place the first time, and tell at least one trusted person of your whereabouts. Be sure to tell them your destination, contact information and any other details.

GET REAL AND FACT CHECK

Make sure on Facebook and other social media platforms that the information on your date appears to be true and real. Check for consistency. If you know someone who knows him, find out what they think and verify that what you think you know is true.

POPULAR SITES AND PHONE APPS TO EXPLORE

SITES: Match.com, EliteSingles.com, Zoosk.com, OkCupid.com, EHarmony.com, Marriage.com, Flirt.com, PlentyofFish.com, CoffeeMeetsBagel.com, AdultFriendFinder.com, Anomo.com, SingleandShy.com, Bumble.com, OurTime.com, and BlackPeopleMeet.com.

PHONE APPS:Match Elite, Singles, Zoosk, Silver Singles, Single Parent Meet, Tinder, Happn, Raya, Ok Cupid, Bumble, Plenty of Fish (POF), The League, Double, Badoo, Do I Date, Now, How About We, Tin Dog, Now, Hinge, Our Time, Black People Meet.

With online dating, there are unlimited options, and if you aren’t successful with finding the right match on one site or app, move along to another. Don’t give up on the search for Mr. Right. Just jump online and get connected. Who knows where it may lead?!?!

 


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