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When Does Online Dating Get Offline

Sep 16, 2008
Online dating, also referred to as internet dating is one example of a dating system that allows two or more individuals to meet online via the internet and to possibly develop a romantic or intimate relationship. Online dating websites provide all kinds of matchmaking services through the internet. You do not even need to have your own computer; you can use your cellular phone to find your love connection via the internet connection.

Generally, online dating services allow people to put as much personal information they want into their individual profiles. By doing so, others can search all profiles for all possible matches available using different criteria based on age, gender, location and more. At present, there are sites that provide photo-uploading, web casts, online chat and message boards as part of the services that they offer.

But with all these advancements in online dating, there are still problems that you can encounter when utilizing these dating sites. This is why it is important that you know what to look for in an online dating site before availing of it services. So when does online dating get offline?

One common problem of online dating is its restrictions meaning there are limitations in terms of what you can and what you ca not see when it comes to viewing a members profiles. Because of this, people who view the site are denied the opportunity to see important details pertaining to the personal background of a prospective match.

In addition, most dating sites keep profiles of members for a longer period of time than it should be. A lot of things can happen in a month. People get married and divorced everyday that is why it is important to have all the profiles updated regularly. You might end up dating a married man or woman without you knowing?

Another issue of concern regarding online dating is the vagueness of its membership. For paying members, it is not clear whether a potential love match has full subscription that will allow him or her to reply. There are even sites that prevent a potential love match from reading a paying members messages unless he or she becomes a paying member as well.

Accuracy of information that you get from online dating sites is also a question. This is due to the fact that everything you know about the person you are interested to get to know better will depend on the amount of information he or she is willing to put into his or her personal profile. The only way to find out if everything in the profile is true is to actually go out on a date.

But do you know what is worse than an inaccurate and incomplete profile? It is being a victim of fake profiles. It has been exposed that there are dating sites that create profiles of fictitious members because they want to attract more members who are willing to pay. Sometimes, fake profiles are placed in legitimate dating sites to serve as links to another kind of service such as prostitution or networking.

Last important issue that online dating has to address is the practice of misleading people when it comes to how much it really takes for them to become a member. There are websites that offer free or very low membership fee to entice you to join only to find out that you need to pay up before you can hook up. Membership should be affordable and reasonable at the same time.

These are only some of the problems all online dating services should address if they want to continue with what they are doing. On the other hand, people who are into online dating should also be familiar with these problems so that they can identify legit and reliable online dating sites from the bogus ones.
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Rodrigo Rehn is a Relationships Expert, Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance online dating for singles.
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