10 Misconceptions About Online Dating Sites

Dating has changed a lot over the years.  In bygone years men used to court a woman by sending her a specific flower that meant that he was interested.  Dates did not consist of a man and a woman only, there was a chaperone along to watch out for the virtue of the woman.  Then as the years went on those old fashioned ways gave way to meeting a girl and calling her up and asking her out on a date.  These days with computers and cell phones the dating scene has changed yet again.  Online dating sites have become so popular that more than half a million people found meaningful relationships online.  Check out 10 misconceptions about online dating sites.

  1. Only losers use online dating sites: This isn’t true because you will eventually have to meet in person and it won’t go well if you don’t have adequate social skills to meet people in real life.  Online dating just facilitates the meetings to bring likeminded people together.
  2. Online dating is dangerous: Online dating is less dangerous than meeting someone in a bar or other hang out.  When you meet someone online there’s usually some background information given and some back and forth e-mails have taken place before the date is set.
  3. Online dating is all about hooking up: Choices about whether to sleep together is the same whether you meet them on the bus or online.  It’s a personal decision and one that you need to make for yourself.
  4. Online dating is all about finding love: Not really, it’s about finding someone to hang out with and date once or twice.  People are bored and want to meet new people to have fun with.
  5. People are generally satisfied with their online dating experience: Statistics show that about 20% of online daters have rated their online dating experience as satisfied or very satisfied.
  6. Online dating is expensive: There are some sites that are free.  Online dating does not have to be expensive.
  7. You never meet any good singles online: People that date online are the same people that you might meet at work or church, but they just don’t have the time or they are shy about approaching a potential date.  Meeting online kind of breaks the ice.
  8. The more clients an online site has the better: Not necessarily because many profiles are not true or updated.  Larger sites don’t monitor their clients as well as a smaller site might.
  9. Everyone lies on their profile: It’s a harsh reality that some people lie whether they are finding a date online or in a bar.  Some people are just liars.  The truth is that most people tell the truth online because they hope to actually get together with someone and it might be obvious when they show up for their date and don’t look like a Barbie doll.
  10. Online dating is impersonal: Sometimes online dating can be more personal than face-to-face dating.  People are not as nervous when typing online and may tell you more about themselves than you might get over dinner and a movie.  Just as in face-to-face dating you will find losers, but you may just find THE ONE.

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