Pros and Cons of Online Dating

Mukta Gaikwad Jan 1, 2019
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Online dating is as real as real time dating. But it too has its flip side. If you intend to participate or encourage such dating, you might as well be aware of the various online dating advantages and disadvantages.
With innumerable social networking sites, online dating has become a regular phenomenon. Almost everybody is now aware of a virtual date. Let's face it, it's addictive.
Online dating is supremely addictive, since it demands nothing more than typing. It's the most convenient way of dating someone. No expectation to be fulfilled, no demands to be met, and no loss of love.
May be a few emotional attachments developed out of sharing details, but that's that. So, what are disadvantages? Well, every theory has an antithesis, and by the virtue of that, so does the theory of online dating. So, let's see what are the online dating advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Dating

Here are a few online dating advantages and disadvantages that showcase both sides of the coin.

Keeps Company

Heard what The Beatles had to say about Eleanor Rigby?

Eleanor Rigby, picks up the rice
In the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face
That she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
The world of loners is somewhat like this. For those who don't have a social circle or are petrified of socializing, online dating serves the purpose. It keeps them company and allows them to enter the virtual world at their wish and disconnect, with their wish too. This is the reason why online dating addiction is hard to get over. It's simply convenient!

At What Cost?

So, the online dating sites keep them company. But at what cost? Such sites offer personal profiles. But how many of them are real? We all know the magic of Photoshop to create those amazing photographs. 
Since the virtual world does not demand a real identity, there are a lot of fakers out there, which is one of the main online dating disadvantages. So, if you've signed up to meet someone special, you could be in for a rough ride too.

It's Fun Though

Yes, online dating is undoubtedly a fun activity. Oftentimes, it is fooling somebody with a fake profile. And it's easy to do so. There are no double checks and no retakes. Only log in and log out. That's all it takes for an hour of fun.
If in this game of fooling around, you give out important details about yourself, it would only invite real-time trouble. So how far does it go?

How Far to Play Along

If at all you get engaged in online dating, you need to do a thorough background check of the person you are involved with. Do so by checking his profile. 
Usually, people on one social networking site are registered on other such sites too. Ask your virtual common friends and try to get as much information about him or her. Until then, refrain from sharing your mail id or phone number.

What When You Fall In Love?

True love is the one that lasts a lifetime. Often in the virtual world, one misses out on true love. Say if you find this special someone, you share every detail of your life with him or her and share a deep emotional connect. 
Since, both of you are so used to the idea of virtual dating, it fails to translate into a real life scene. And thus, you enter the saga of heartaches and heartbreaks.
Online dating advantages and disadvantages remain pretty much the same as dating in real life. If you think Internet may provide you a doorway into a steady relationship, we would say, it's only a bleak chance.
Dating has to happen in real and not under the garb of some screen, conveniently hiding your flaws. It's about real human beings, independent of external forces preventing them to be themselves. Come out of your shell and let people accept you for who you are.