19 October 2020 (updated)

Make It a Date! Get Out on the Town With Online Dating

It’s no longer uncommon to meet your significant other on the Internet. Whether you choose social media, an app like Tinder, or an online platform, using the internet can be an ideal way to meet someone great!

With so many of our everyday social interactions online, it makes sense that dating is no different. People once met potential partners through friends, at bars, or parties. But, the tide has shifted and it's more common nowadays to meet potential partners through the Internet. Whether you’re considering it or you’re making a profile, online dating websites are a great way to get out there!

What’s the Scoop on the Dating Scene?

There was a time people met through friends or went to fun recreational events to find new, potential dates. However, the times have changed significantly and it can be pretty hard to meet people these days!

Most of us are used to the convenience of everything online so it can be difficult to start a conversation. While sites like Meetup can be beneficial for finding those with similar interests, finding a date is different.

If you want to find a partner as a single mother or on-the-go person, mobile dating and online dating apps can work. Whether you grab coffee or a quick lunch, dating online offers the opportunity for meet-ups in the modern world!

Why Try Online Dating?

There may be a stigma associated with online dating, but there are a number of reasons to consider trying it. Unlike meeting in person, online dating gives you the advantage of using an online chat or meeting via webcam beforehand. This allows you to decide if you’re interested in someone before going on an official date. As online dating gives you access to a variety of people, you’ll quickly learn what you like and don’t like. Whether or not you meet marriage material, you may be able to make some new friends along the way! Fortunately, because it’s do-it-yourself, you’ll have to create an online dating profile and reach out to others. As a result, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll approach the endeavor with enthusiasm and openness.

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What are the Downsides of Online Dating?

The easy access of online dating makes it a great option for busy people. However, like so many things, the sheer volume of choice can make it difficult to decide. It can also have the unfortunate side effect of making us too picky, thinking there’s always another option out there. And, while a profile can give you an idea of a person, it’s like looking at a resume. It can show you how people present themselves, but it doesn’t really reveal who they are. Online dating is great if you’re busy or dating again, but don’t neglect the possibility of connecting offline. There are plenty of everyday connections out there to be made!

What Are the Best Online Dating Sites?

When it comes to online dating, there’s something out there for everyone.

If you're willing to pay for online dating, you might want to try eHarmony, which matches singles based on a variety of questions. Other dating sites are popular, but they come with monthly charges for a 24-month subscription, like Match ($9.95) and eHarmony ($10.95).

Many people of faith look to general dating sites like eHarmony or Match to find love, but sites like Christian Mingle are for those who are seeking other Christians. JDate is a popular service for Jews, and there are sections on almost all dating websites for people who share the same religion-- or even passionate atheists and agnostics.

There are even online dating sites for seniors who want to get into the online action, like SilverSingles Senior and SeniorMatch.

For those who would rather test the online dating waters without a monthly subscription, try OkCupid or Plenty of Fish. Both have features to link you with a potential mate. Many users prefer OkCupid and Tinder because they can make a match without the cost.

Bumble is another popular dating and networking site where women have to initiate the connection. The site is free, but you can add premium features for about $3.99 a month. Whichever site you use, all of these services can claim thousands of happy matches and marriages!

Looking for Love in All the Right Places

There’s a stigma attached to online dating, but the tides are turning for seeking love this way. If you’ve had some experience, share your online dating tips with us in our comments section! Be sure to share any humorous or promising date photos and options with loved ones on FamilyApp, too.

While there are no assurances online dating will find you a mate, it's great for getting into the game.



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