What are you waiting for?

24 August 2016

The stigma of meeting someone online – whether by app or dating website – has almost disappeared. In fact, one in five relationships now begins online. Tinder alone is said to match 26 million people a day.

But if you’re still unsure whether online dating is right for you, here’s why you might take the initiative, find your best photo, and start writing your profile.

1) You’re in control

With online dating, you’re in charge of everything – from what information you put out there to how you’re contacted, and when you reply.

Instead of an awkward five-second pause while you try to think of something witty to say, you can spend time perfecting your first impression. Plus, because you already know what the other person’s interested in, breaking the ice is instantly easier.

2) Expand your dating pool

As experts at Match.com say: “The biggest problem we face is being limited by our geographical location. There is a boundary to the amount of friends and work colleagues we are introduced to and this can be quite problematic if you’re looking to meet someone.”

If you’re looking for love in your local pub, you’re only going to come across a small number of potential dates – but online you’ve got access to thousands, making it more likely that you’ll find someone you have a spark with.

3) The ideal back-up plan

Signing up to dating sites doesn’t mean you’ve given up on finding someone offline – it just means you’ve got another option working away in the background.

4) Fit dating around your busy schedule

An eHarmony study conducted earlier this year found three times as many people log on at 2pm on Tuesday than at any other point in the week – a time they have dubbed ‘crush hour’.

As we’re working longer hours than ever before, there’s less time to meet new people. With online dating you don’t need to get spruced up or book a sitter – you can log in at any time of the day or night.

5) Breaking out of a rut

Always going for moody and sarcastic types? Experts at Match.com point out we all too often overlook people who don’t fit our idea of a perfect match, adding: “The idea of dating websites is to give you the opportunity to meet people who you might not have otherwise had the chance to meet.”

You can also join sites based on specific interests (from Equestrian Cupid to Veggie Dates) and based on where you get your news (like Telegraph Dating). When you approach somebody in a bar you go by looks alone, making it feel like finding a needle in a haystack. With online dating, you can pinpoint exactly the kind of person you’re looking for.

6) It works

As well as the 26 million who are matched daily on Tinder (and the 10 billion to date), one in three Match.com connections pass the six-month mark to become committed relationships, and 5 per cent of US marriages now began on eHarmony.

Findings released by the PEW Research Centre earlier this year found nearly half of American college graduates know someone who met their husband, wife, or long-term partner via online dating – and almost two in three respondents agreed that online dating is easier and more efficient than other ways of meeting people.

We all need to take care when dating and tell people where we’re going and who we’re meeting… and we all know about others less scrupulous who present themselves online as something different from who they really are. But, approached sensibly and with care, online is a great way of meeting potential soul mates. What are you waiting for?

 

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