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PROS and CONS of Online Dating

Online Dating

1) ACESS

Pro: Online dating gives people access to many more potential partners than they could find in their daily lives. This is especially true for people interested in partners of a particular type, orientation, lifestyle, or in other areas.

Con: The choices of partners can become confusing and overwhelming. Without a clear plan, online daters can get stuck endlessly “shopping” for the perfect partner, rather than actually starting a satisfying relationship. Or they can find themselves stuck wondering if they are real.

2) Matching

Pro: Many online dating sites offer different kinds of personality tests and matching. Matching like this can help guide people toward dating partners who may be more compatible for them.

Con: Matching is a difficult process and testing may not be accurate for everyone. People also may present themselves differently in person or change over time. So, matching may overlook potentially good partners in the process.

3) Communication

Pro: Online dating offers a number of ways to get to know a potential date before meeting in person. Online communication allows for safe and convenient interaction, without much risk or time commitment. For the busy professional, or the safety-conscious, talking online is an excellent way to “test” people they might wish to date.

Con: Computer communication lacks some of information that is provided in face-to-face interaction. As a result, it is harder to evaluate a potential match online. Also, some of the cues and features that build attraction (like touching) cannot be accomplished through a computer. Computer-mediated communication may have an artificial and unemotional quality.

Pro: Over 40 million singles in the U.S have tried online dating.

Con: It’s a crowded way of meeting people and can be exhausting.

Pro: One out of five relationships start online. Whether it’s on Social media, Facebook, Twitter, a mobile app, or traditional online dating site, there are a lot of success stories.

Con: People lie about their age, weight, height, income, and marital status. Singles get frustrated after a few bad dates.

Pro: You can meet people outside of your geographic area and social circle with similar interests. You’ll meet more people, so you can learn what you’re truly looking for in a date, mate, or relationship.

Con: It can become addicting to some.

Pro: It’s efficient and available 24-hours a day.

Con: It’s feels like a full-time job for many and you must be organized.

Pro: Many sites provide matching tools and send you emails of suggested matches to make it easier for you to view potential dates.

Con: Many singles limit their search to height, zip code, or income and can miss the opportunity to meet a compatible match.

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