If you are in your 20’s or 30’s you remember a time when “internet dating” sounded weird and wrong and scary. Then someone you know tried it out and liked it. Then another person you know got married to someone they met online. Then it was everywhere! Sometimes you feel like you are the only one who hasn’t tried internet dating at all. You’re like that guy who still has a flip phone. “It works fine!” he protests when you tell him your Galaxy makes a better way to live, “I don’t want the new thing! I don’t need it!” Like the guy with the flip phone, maybe it’s time to break down and try out the new and better way. Here are three reasons why online dating is something you should definitely try in 2016.
- You Don’t Know Many People. I’m sorry to say, you don’t have that many friends. Most people don’t, so don’t feel bad. Some scientists estimate that we can have about 200 solid friendships. Everyone else is just an acquaintance. 200-or-so isn’t very many people from whom to choose a potential soul mate. That’s why an online dating site, with all of its thousands and thousands of users in your area, may actually be the best way to meet that special someone, who is several steps removed from your own social circle.
- You Don’t Know How Exciting it Is. Let me tell you, until you’ve experienced the rush of seeing a sexy person online, only to have that person message you and say, yes, they’d like to go out with you on such-and-such a night. Things that are potentially exciting are also really, really scary, so I understand why you haven’t tried out online dating yet. But for most people, it’s worth it. Online dating keeps growing every year, and its growth rates are unlikely to be stifled anytime soon. In fact, for many people, online dating is just…dating. The “online” part is just understood as one of the many possible ways to approach dating in the 21st century. Get with the program, you!
- It Can Be Safer and More Emotionally Neutral than “Regular” Dating. There’s something about managing your dating life from the safety of your own PC that makes it a great way to go. For one, you can choose if, when, and where to meet someone. You can also get a sense of their personality before you ever set foot into a physical space they share. You can also have a bunch of candidates all going at the same time, only picking the cream of the crop to actually go out with.
As you can see, online dating can be awesome if you let it. There are horror stories and there are potentially embarrassing situations, but that’s just dating in general. Don’t let the bad stuff keep you away. Online dating can be great and it should be part of your 2016 romantic life. Get out there (online).