With the advent of the internet these days, singles today are spoilt for choice in terms of the various avenues open to them to meet new people and getting in on the dating game. Social networking and online dating sites have made it easier to get acquainted and develop relationships with, but there is also the “old school” method of meeting people. This article will address the facts on both online and traditional dating, and which of the two you may be well suited for.
Online dating is often for those who haven’t had much luck with traditional dating, perhaps due to their own anxieties about meeting new people. What online dating offers is a relative amount of anonymity, because typing behind a screen is infinitely much easier than having to talk to someone face-to-face, with vulnerability and nervousness clear in one’s voice.
Another advantage that online dating might have over traditional dating is the time factor. In this day and age, life seems to be moving at breakneck speeds, faster than we can keep up, and one of the things that we don’t seem to have any time for anymore is meeting new people at social soirees or parties. Online dating helps by acting as a filter prior to you actually scheduling in a proper face-to-face meeting amidst your busy schedule, if you were so inclined. Because let’s face it, sometimes there are people you’d rather not sacrifice your precious time meeting.
However it isn’t all blue skies and rainbows for online dating. When the matter of location and distance is factored in, traditional dating often wins hands down, because with it, you’re restricted to the same geographical location or within the vicinity of your present location. In all likelihood, with traditional dating you probably met your date at a party or social gathering of some sort within the city or the country.
Online dating may give you the opportunity to meet all sorts of people in all sorts of exotic locales, it may be harder for you to meet up because of the distance between countries. Imagine living in Texas, and falling for someone in London, or even China. Wouldn’t that be a heartbreaking hassle? You could overcome this little problem by flying on over to meet every now and then, but would you be willing to break the bank to make such frequent trips to meet up for dates?
On the flip side, online dating can save you quite a sum of money (albeit at the cost of being less romantic). Forgoing a dinner date or coffee at Starbucks will prevent you from burning a hole in your pocket, but it’s really about cost substitution. Online dating has its own costs that you need to be aware of, such as long distance phone calls that can end up being very costly, depending on the time you spend on the phone. You can however offset this cost if you’re tech-savvy, and are familiar with Skype.
At the end of the day, it really is up to you to decide what you’re keen on. Both options have their own advantages, and ultimately you should consider the pros and cons of each before embarking on your dating endeavors.