The Advantages of Online Dating

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The advantages of online dating attract at least 20 million Americans a month to online dating services. Once seen as a “last resort for lonely geeks,” the benefits of online dating add up to an effective and more enjoyable alternative to the traditional dating scene that anyone can appreciate.

Affordable

According to Match.com’s Cost of Dating Index, the average cost of a couple of drinks is $16.50. Add in taxi fares, admission fees and the cost of looking your best, and meeting people offline is an expensive business! Online dating services are completely free to join and you don’t pay a cent until you want unlimited communications. In other words, until you’ve met people you like. Then a subscription will cost around $20 a month – less than a single night on the town!

An easy alternative to bars and clubs

If you don’t like bars, clubs and singles hangouts, you don’t have wrack your brain thinking of alternative places to meet people. Online dating is as good as it gets for choice and opportunity, and it’s available from home.

Choice – and availability!

With thousands, sometimes millions of members you’d have to do an incredible amount of socializing to meet as many people as you can by joining an online dating service. Even better, you don’t have to worry about whether or not someone’s available – everyone’s single and looking.

Background information

Regular dating is pretty much a shot in the dark – you like someone, you date, and then discover something you really don’t like! It’s disappointing at best, heartbreaking at worst. Online dating profiles and initial one-to-one communications give you information up front so you can make better choices and follow them through with confidence.

Risk-free flirtation

Most online dating services have simple, low key tools that let you check if the interest is mutual before you take things further. If it’s not, no big deal – you won’t get slapped round the face or otherwise humiliated!

You actually talk!

There’s no doubt that talking is the best way to get to know someone and with online dating that’s what you do – share ideas, experiences, beliefs, anything that’s important to you – with no distractions. In a few hours, you can get to know someone better than you would in a whole week or month of dating offline.

Sensibly paced

You can take things slowly, feel out the possibilities, get to know people, and let relationships develop (or not) at a more natural pace than being single one minute and on a date the next. And if things don’t work out, you’ll have plenty of time to back out gracefully.

Shop and compare

With online dating, there’s a larger grey area between dating and not dating than there is offline. You can pursue several possibilities at once without earning yourself a reputation or hurting anyone’s feelings, to see who emerges as the most likely candidate for your affections.

Appearances take a back seat

For the 99.9% of us that don’t look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, another advantage of online dating is that looks don’t matter half as much as they do offline. Dating profiles do include photos (and you should be sure to post one yourself) but personalities, interests and experiences are up for viewing too. It’s the complete package that counts!

You can be honest

A refreshing benefit of online dating is honesty. You can reveal things about yourself that you usually hide or play down without any fear of losing out in the dating stakes. For one thing, you’re completely anonymous and for another, online dating services have so many members that you’d have to be extremely unusual or undesirable not to attract your fair share of admirers, warts and all!

You can be “you”

Think of online dating as a journey into a new city where no one knows you. You don’t have to live up to any expectations, play any roles or be anything other than the person you really are. You can start a relationship as the “real you.”

Healthier relationships

Online as well as off, relationships don’t always work out but admitting it is much easier online. Thanks to the slower pace, you can call it quits before any serious emotions come into play and if hurt feelings are inevitable, anonymity and physical separation make it easier to break up and move on. It’s a benefit of online dating that appeals to the coward in all of us! But it means you won’t find yourself trapped in a dead-end relationship as happens so often offline.

Easy

You can hang around in your PJs with a bowl of snacks, your favorite music, maybe a glass of wine, and enjoy getting to know people from the safety and comfort of home.

Safe

Yes, online dating is safe. No one’s going to mess with your drink, sneak a peek at your ID, follow you home or take advantage of the fact that you’ve had a few drinks too many. You get the idea. Follow some basic safety tips and use you common sense, and online dating is as safe and in many ways safer than dating offline.

Open all hours

If you’re too busy to lead a social active life or one of those great people who keep the world turning while the rest of us get mix and mingle, the benefits of online dating are available when you are, 24/7.

Ease back into dating

For the newly single, an advantage of online dating is that you can get back into the swing of things without actually having to meet anyone. It’s also a safe and effective way to renew your self-esteem, confidence and optimism following a painful break-up.

So there you have it – the practical as well as emotional advantages of online dating, and plenty of both. If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of online dating yourself – and why not, you’ve got nothing to lose! – read on. Our Beginner’s Guide to Online Dating answers the most frequently asked questions about online dating services and how they work.