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The Perks Of Online Dating: Advantages And Disadvantages

Dec 6, 2007
With the emergence of websites offering venues for people to meet and greet, it seems online dating is the recent craze these days. This is not surprising as most people nowadays claim that there is difficulty in meeting someone they like or would like to get to know better the traditional way. Blind dates do not usually work out and chances of coming across a decent guy at the local bar are slim to none.

One of the advantages of online dating is coverage. You not only get to meet and interact with people in your neighborhood, but it offers you the opportunity to know men and women located in perhaps around all the corners of the globe. All one needs is a computer and a reliable internet connection to enroll and join the millions of people searching for love and companionship around the world. The online dating services offered are not restricted to any age group or ethnicity or any other boundaries or thresholds. They can cater to almost everyone at of any age, affiliation, religious congregation, hobby, or location. These services even offer extra features like filtering your acquaintances to those who are compatible with your interests, likes and dislikes. And unlike a blind date where you are absolutely in the dark on what to expect of your date, the online dating services can provide you summary information about a particular person so you get to find out what he or she is like before you actually click on the tab and introduce yourself.

With online dating, you need not do the rigors of the preparation before a date. For most women, an hour or two is usually spent preparing for one date. This may include going to the spa for a facial, a manicure and a pedicure, a luxurious bath, a dozen of outfit changes, a half hour of fixing and styling the hair and another hour for putting on makeup. That is a lot of rituals as compared to preparing yourself for online dating. For the latter, you just wash your face, brush your teeth and plant yourself in front of your computer and start chatting even if you are still on your pajamas. You can go on with your date as early as breakfast chomping on a piece of toast or while sipping your favorite cup of coffee. In online dating, there is no such thing as making a great first impression with the way you look. You can always go with a great summary profile and perhaps a small picture to entice prospective mates to view you. In this way, you are able to attract people not through your physical characteristics but with your personality traits first.

This type of dating is obviously inexpensive. Mostly what you pay for is a reliable internet connection service and a good dating service company. And there is less hassle compared to the typical dates. In the latter, you have to make restaurant reservations, figure out if you are going to order wine or dessert after the main course, pay the bill and even think of ways to end the night with a great highlight to impress your date. With online dating, you get the chance to get to know your date first. When you decide that she may be very well be worth the trouble, then it becomes your time to start and get ready for that real date.
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