“25 Reasons You Should Quit Online Dating,” “6 Reasons Why Looking for a Relationship Online is a Bad Idea“, and “13 Reasons Why Online Dating is the Worst” are all examples of blog posts focused on spreading the idea that online dating sucks. Many people have claimed that online dating is ruining romance and our generation’s ideals in general.
Well I’d have to disagree with the naysayers who claim that online dating sucks. And here’s why.
1. Online Dating is Easy
You heard me. Easy. Gone are the days in which you have to drag yourself to a bar attempting to talk to one person after another, and ending the night with nothing but clothes that stink of beer and cigarettes.
And you’re right. If done incorrectly, online dating can be incredibly discouraging. However, if you do it the right way, it will be way easier than going out and looking for your person out in the wild.
Just like TSA, we are now able to save ourselves precious time with a prescreening process. Think back to a time before online dating. You probably went to a bar, chatted up a sexy someone over a martini, had one martini too many, went home together, and learned new information about this special someone a bit later than you hoped to. Maybe she smokes and you don’t. Maybe he is a vegetarian, while meat is a big part of your life. With online dating, you can find all that kind of stuff out before the first date even begins.
3. Global Reach
This one is pretty cool. We are no longer confined to only finding potential matches who live in our home town. We can even pre-search for matches who live on the opposite side of the world. What a great way to build connections between cultures and countries!
4. A Cure for Loneliness
With the use of dating apps, we can now make plans with a stranger at a moment’s notice. This especially comes in handy if all your friends happen to be in relationships, no longer wanting to accompany you on your “hunt”. Nowadays, if you’re ever feeling a bit lonely, you can just hop on an app and see where the night takes you. Online dating makes us crazy independent from our non-single friends. What’s cooler than that?
5. Softer Rejection
Although being rejected online can be disheartening, it’s nothing like the feeling of being rejected to your face. Yes, you’ll probably think online dating sucks if someone doesn’t answer your message, but it’s also easy to convince yourself that they don’t know what they’re missing out on. However, if someone rejects you at a bar, it’s much harder to recover from.
6. Introvert Friendly
For many people, the idea of walking up to a stranger and saying hi is just too much to handle. Well, online dating acts as a tool for leveling the playing field. Now introverts and extroverts alike have equal access to singles around them.
7. Bigger Selection
The cool thing about online dating is that we put our destiny into our own hands. No more waiting, hoping, wishing, and dreaming. We have the power of the Internet on our side.
All that said, I have to add that there are of course still beautiful advantages to dating in the traditional sense (meaning without the help of the Internet). But I happen to be a big fan of online dating. Without it, I’m not sure I would have ever met my husband. And that in itself is enough reason for me to shatter the idea that online dating sucks. Online dating doesn’t suck. Online dating is a crazy powerful tool that you would be silly to not at least try.
So, my suggestion? Get clicking, because online dating isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Until next time!