What follows is a brief analysis of the dating landscape as its stands today and a rundown on the risks and rewards of putting yourself out there into cyberspace.The Platforms: There are essentially two ways of playing the online dating game, the more traditional dating websites or the newer school of swiping applications.If you’re vetting potential suitors online, with many you’ll know immediately that they aren’t for you, saving the expense and awkwardness of an ill-suited first date.Builds trust and confidence – As previously mentioned, many online daters use the service because of a natural shyness or previous bad luck in love, if you are one of these people then it is a valuable way to begin building confidence and trust in a relationship in advance of your first actual meeting.Catfishing/ Misrepresentation – The term catfishing refers to the practice of creating a fake online identity or profile in order to pursue one or multiple online relationships.While this is a less common occurrence on the more sinister end of the spectrum, as it turns out, everybody lies; according to a 2007 survey The Truth about Lying in Online Dating Profiles 81% of online dater’s lie about characteristics such as height, figure and age.
There’s little time to get all the things done in a day that have to be taken care of, let alone find the time to meet someone new.
Whilst your heartstrings may have you reaching for your chequebook, think before you do, why are they asking you for money?
Why would they not go to a family member or a friend first?
Both have their advantages and pitfalls and cater to fundamentally different demographics, traditional, established websites favour a more in depth approach with detailed profiles and cross-referencing of common interests, they focus very much on the long game and as such the longer you sign on for, the cheaper your monthly cost.
The “swiping” apps are often free of charge for their basic service and operate on the minimalist premise of swiping right if you like what you see on a potential match’s profile, receive a swipe back and you’re free to chat further.