Our lives are, more now than ever, connected. Everyday we connect through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and we use texting and Skype as a way to contact the people we care about. And yet despite having our eyes burrowed into mechanical devices for the better part of a day, there is still a stigma about online dating.
And you know what? I get it.
Every time I tell someone about a guy I'm seeing and tell them "Oh yeah, we met online..." I brace myself for the reaction. I have even lied about it in the past if I thought that someone was going to be an asshole about it.
But the truth is I think that I think the stigma is bullshit. I understand the con's of online dating, but I think that the pro's far out-way the negative aspects of meeting someone on the Internet. Here of some of the best reasons you should create an online profile and start meeting people.
1. It's great for meeting people with similar interests.
Like reading obscure Russian poetry? Want to rehash the latest episode of Game of Thrones
? Really, if you have a passion, hobby, or are becoming interested in something new, there are other people out there that are also into it, and want to share it with you.
2. It get's you out of your social circle and meeting new people.
And isn't that the point? You're not revisiting former flames out of boredom or loneliness. Plus, everyone is online
. It's not just for creepy dudes or scary gals. Nearly everyone on a dating website is surprisingly normal in the sense that they aren't "masked murders".
3. People who are on a dating website want to meet people.
This is important. And obvious, but easily overlooked. Sometimes when you see a cute guy on campus or a hot girl in the grocery store they aren't necessarily interested in meeting someone. But when you sign up for a dating website you are saying that you are interested in meeting new people, so the pressure lessens greatly.
4. It is no more awkward than meeting people at a bar.
And half the time, you will end up meeting people from online in a bar anyways! But really when you think about it, meeting people is kind of awkward no matter the circumstances.
I have met some awesome people from online that I otherwise would have never met. Something that I always keep in mind is that it is only online until you meet
. It is only how you "met" and doesn't really say anything about the relationship thereafter.Have you ever tried online dating? Why do you think there is still a stigma about it even though a majority of our lives are online anyways?