Posted August 23, 2013 by Harold Spencer in Marriage

Comparing The Good And Bad Side Of Online Dating

It’s a hectic world we live in these days and there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do everything. You would usually have work deadlines, family commitments, an exercise schedule and other activities, with precious little time to act on your state of being single and find a date. Online dating offers a solution, but it is not without its drawbacks.

The pros and cons of online dating must start with the ease with which you can sign up to an online dating service. Thereafter, there are a few other points to consider.


If you find it too much pressure to meet up with someone in person, you can get to know the person first by interacting online. You can have a better idea of your online date’s personality this way, causing potentially less problems when you finally see each other in person.

The variety of dating sites allows you to select one where you are likely to meet like-minded people. For instance, if you’re a single mom or dad, there are several online sites that specialize in online dating for single parents. This helps you narrow the field considerably.

There are also online dating sites that would need to verify who you are exactly. This allows you, as a verified member, to be exactly whom you identify yourself as on the dating site. And to make sure absolutely no phonies register on their sites, some services even do background checks on a member’s employment and salary.

It’s up to you as to how much personal information you wish to share on the online dating site of your choice. You can release your contact numbers or email, though, to prospective partners if you feel the situation warrants it. There is absolutely no way to justify a relationship founded on untruths, so be totally upfront and honest when detailing your personal information.

The Cons

There is no way to know if someone is telling the truth on the site. Although many sites offer video chat, it is difficult to read body language via webcam, and you cannot always pick up the subtle signs that you can in real life.

There are dangers involved in online dating, and you are advised to proceed with caution before meeting someone in person.

Most sites offer ‘free’ membership, but most of their services, including the ability to contact any other member on the site, requires an upgrade to paid membership. This free membership allows you to “test” the site for yourself, meaning look through member listings and see if the services suit your needs. Use your evaluation period to judge the site’s worthiness before you pay for it and become a full member.

With caution and a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of online dating, you can meet new people, date and perhaps find the love of your life.

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