The Impact of Online Dating Sites

The College Dating Scene – Offline and Online

Dating is nothing new.  It has been around for as long as anyone can remember.  Ask your parents and your grandparents and they will tell you the same thing.  The principles remain the same, only the particular situations and perhaps the “methods” have changed.

In college, the dating scene is even more dynamic.  People who are almost adults – but not quite yet – are thrown into a pool of opportunity when it comes to interacting with the opposite sex.  At this time in our lives, we are probably getting nearer to the point where we might actually seriously consider settling down with someone else.  Of course, that is not the sole reason for dating.  For many college students, dating is merely something fun to do.  And why not?  With so many other people that you can meet, it is always a pleasure to spend time with them.

In the days prior to the Internet as a common tool for everyone, possibilities for dates were limited to having someone introduce you to another person, meeting someone at the bar, and other similar instances.  With the revolutionary effects of the Internet on our lives however, dating has taken on new heights – people can start dating online.

The Reality of Online Dating

Whether you admit it or not, there is some stigma associated with meeting people online – especially through dating sites.  The idea that some people have is that why does a person have to go online to find a date?  The answer is actually quite logical – it may be because the people around her or him are so limited in the qualities and characteristics that she or he does not find anyone attractive enough to date!  In fact, the stigma should not be placed on the person going online but the people around the person!  Yeah I know, it is taking things too far, but you get my point?  There is nothing wrong or strange about going online to find a date.

In fact, online dating opens up so many possibilities for anyone.  If you rely on the “traditional” way of meeting people, you are limited by geography.  On the other hand, online dating offers you the possibility of meeting a person halfway across the world – who just might be the person you have been looking for.

Of course, just because you engage in online dating doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect for you.  In fact, you still have to maintain the common sense that you need even for traditional dating.  More so, you might want to exercise a bit of caution (emotional and physical alike) in online dating.  Indeed, online dating has changed the lives of many people, for those who have given it a chance and have seen it in the proper perspective.

How To Choose Online Dating Sites

There are countless online dating sites on the Internet today.  That is why you also have to be discriminatory when signing up for these sites – whether paid or unpaid.  You also need to exercise caution when revealing personal information.  Don’t reveal too much as you never know who can be looking at your profile at any given time.  Here are some specific tips on how to choose an online dating site.

The first thing that I would suggest is to decide whether or not you are willing to pay for an online dating service.  If you are willing to pay, then determine your budget.

Talk to family and friends about it.  I know it may be awkward but if you know people who have tried an online dating site, it would be better to get their opinion before signing up yourself. 

If you do not want to talk to others about it, then you can just go online and do a search on Google, Yahoo, or MSN. Enter phrases such as “online dating”, “meet someone new”, or “online personals”. The results will show you potential choices for a dating site.

Narrow down your search by considering specialized sites.  Some sites cater to specific religions, ethnic groups, etc.  You can also narrow your list more by writing down the pros and cons of each site that interests you and then take a free test run for each of them.

Happy online dating!