Love in the Time of Corona: The Perks of Online Dating

Love in the Time of Corona: The Perks of Online Dating

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To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, lockdown measures have been enacted in countries around the globe. All of us should be practicing social distancing and remaining at home whenever possible.It can be challenging not to be overwhelmed by stress and anxiety at the present time. If you’re looking to get your mind off of things, close out the news websites and open up your online dating profile instead. Though the current crisis feels all-encompassing, this, too, shall pass. Use this time to connect with others online.Are you tired of being stuck at home? Here are a few reminders of why online dating is perhaps the best way to find the love of your life!



It’s Comfortable & Flexible


Dating online offers you far more flexibility than dating in person. You can scroll through profiles and search for potential matches while sitting at home on the couch! You can send messages at any time of the day or night, and you can connect with potential matches from around the country, or even from around the globe. Perhaps best of all, you can meet people with similar values and interests that are outside of your physical social circle. Instead of simply settling for a friend of a friend, you can discover someone who you otherwise never would have met!



It’s Effective


Did you know that 20% of current, committed relationships began online? Though married couples are still more likely to have met through a friend, you’re far more likely to wind up in a committed relationship through online dating than through meeting someone at a bar or a club (9% of women and 2% of men). 7% of marriages in 2015 were the result of a successful online courtship. Those who meet online tend to marry more quickly and these marriages are less likely to end within the first year. Those who meet online also report higher levels of satisfaction in their marriages.


Simply put, online dating works! If long-term compatibility is what you seek, dating online just might help you find that “special someone!”



It’s Safe


Some of us have heard scary stories about online dating. Though bad encounters can happen online, dating in the “real world” is certainly far more dangerous! Your safety isn’t guaranteed when you meet up with someone in the park or at a bar. With a trustworthy online dating site, you can be sure that there are security measures in place to protect your well-being.Have you encountered a potentially fake profile? Dating sites have moderators and other forms of filtering to protect you from potential romance scammers. When in doubt, you can look up potential partners on social media sites or Google them to learn more about their past. If you’ve encountered a member who is making you feel uncomfortable, you can report the situation to a customer support team. And if you follow simple logic and the rule "never send any money to anyone you've met on the internet" then no financial harm can be done to you.


Obviously, no amount of security can prevent people from lying online. Regardless, you are far safer than when you are physically in the presence of someone you’ve never met before! By starting online and later agreeing to meet in person, you can take your time getting to know potential partners, ensuring, as well as you can, that they are who they say they are.



You Can Slowly & Carefully Curate Your Image


If you’re someone who gets stressed out by the idea of asking someone out, online dating can put you at ease. You don’t need to be a smooth-talker to master the art of online dating. Simply set up your profile and take your time filling it out. In most cases, sharing more information about yourself will yield better results than leaving your profile incomplete. With an online profile, however, you can put more thought into how you’d like to present yourself. What are you really looking for in a partner? Which photos show you at your best? With online dating, you can carefully cultivate the image you want to present to potential matches, and more thoroughly express what you’re looking for in a partner.


Rejection is Simplified 


No one wants to be rejected by potential partners. Rejection, however, is an inevitable part of the dating game. Online, however, the rejection process is often simplified, leading to fewer hurt feelings and uncomfortable farewells. Before even contacting potential partners, you can be picky. If you know someone is a poor match for you, you can move on before even sending an introductory message. Though written rejection or “ghosting” from a love interest will still hurt, it’s often less humiliating than a restaurant break-up or a long, tearful conversation on your front doorstep. If you’re feeling bold, you can even reach out to new potential matches within the hour! Getting hurt might be inevitable, but online dating can soften the blow.



It’s Affordable


Some people may balk at the idea of paying for online dating sites. Online dating, however, is actually far more affordable than dating in person. Organizing several physical dates often involves many costs. You might buy a new outfit, pay for gasoline to drive to your meeting place, pay entrance fees, and purchase food and drinks. After all of these costs, it’s still possible that your first date will also be your last. Instead of paying for dates over and over again, invest in a Premium Membership on a good online dating site and save your money for when you meet up with a more compatible partner in the future.



In Conclusion:


Online dating will never replace the human desire to connect with others in person. Even so, the early stages of dating often progress more smoothly online than in-person. Stay safe and protect your heart and your health by dating online for the present time. If you form a special connection, you can meet in person in the future. With luck, it will have been worth the wait!  




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Editor, 04/02/2020