Not so very long ago there used to be a social stigma attached to Internet dating. Many people viewed Internet dating as a last resort for desperate men and women who couldn’t find a significant other the traditional way. However, over the years I have come to embrace Internet dating because it has several distinct advantages over traditional dating.
The most obvious benefit of Internet dating is that it fits into a busy lifestyle. These days, not everyone has time to dive into the singles scene by going to social events or singles bars. Traditional dating requires an investment of time which many modern career-oriented people cannot afford.
Another benefit of Internet dating is that it allows people an opportunity to evaluate each other from a distance, without getting too personal. On most Internet dating websites, members can learn every important detail about a person simply by browsing their profile. A well-written profile can speak volumes about a person’s intellect, emotional status, lifestyle, and interests. Using the Internet, you can “pre-screen” potential candidates, narrowing down the field to the best matches, all in the comfort of your own home.
And, of course, there’s the safety aspect of Internet dating. Let’s face it; there are alot of creeps out there. Meeting people in person for the first time can be filled with risks, so why take the chance? Internet dating allows you to get to know the other person at your own pace, without giving away too much personal information. When you are confident that you can trust the other person, you can meet them in real life without fear or worry.
Finally, there are financial benefits of Internet dating. You can get to know somebody as easily through an online conversation as a date over dinner, but going out to dinner or going to the movies costs a great deal more. This is especially true if your goal is just casually dating more than one person at a time. Traditional dating can be quite expensive, but Internet dating won’t be a strain on your pocketbook.
Sure, there are plenty of great things about traditional dating, but not everyone has the time or ability to meet people the traditional way. People should not be forced to choose between their busy lives and careers and a meaningful relationship. Internet dating allows men and women to have both. Internet dating is no longer the last resort for singles, but a viable and intelligent alternative to traditional dating.