• Neha Agarwal

The pros and cons of online dating

Experiences with online dating tend to be mixed. Some people have excellent experiences with online dating that end in satisfying relationships. Others have stories filled with confusion and frustration. Thus, much like any other way to date, meeting someone online has both benefits and drawbacks.

First, let's list down the PROS:

Plenty of fish in the sea.

Online dating has opened up the world unlike anything else. Online dating has provided individuals with access to many more potential partners than they can find in their daily lives. This is especially true for individuals interested in partners of a particular type, orientation, lifestyle, or in isolated areas. It's now possible to meet people you would never have crossed path with.

AI matches you on basis of your interests.

Many online dating sites offer various types of personality testing and matching. Such matching can help guide individuals toward dating partners who may be more compatible.

It is safer than physically meeting

Technology-mediated communication allows for safe and convenient interaction, without much risk. For the safety-conscious, such communication is an excellent way to "test" potential partners.

Next, the CONS:

Crowded digital space

Stick to one dating site at a time or else you might feel overwhelmed with the amount of information and people.

People lie online

It can be harder to detect dishonesty if you are not meeting people in person. There are people with fake profiles and also bots (robots with IDs) which could put your privacy at stake. Matching is a difficult process and testing may not be accurate for everyone because people may present differently in person or change over time.

Lack of emotional cues

It’s hard to strike a chord without any physical interaction. Some of the cues that build attraction (like touching) cannot be accomplished via a dating app. Thus, it can harder to communicate your true feelings and misconstrue another person's words.


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