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Dating websites vs. traditional dating

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Dating websites vs. traditional dating

We have reached a point in time where technology has started to replace the traditional methods of how we do things. For example, no more weekend trips to Blockbuster because we are tucked up on the sofa with Netflix. The same can be said in the world of dating, first we had courting, now we have dating websites. Of course, dating sites and apps haven’t completely abolished offline dating but it has changed the landscape. We’re taking a closer look at the pros and cons of both methods to finding love.

Dating Websites

Pro: Let’s picture the scene… you’re in a club or a bar after work and a handsome guy or pretty gal catches your attention – what would you do? Continue dancing with friends or stop to say hi? The latter is definitely more easily said than done. The main thing stopping us from approaching someone is the fear of rejection and the uncertainty of whether that person is actually single. With a dating site, it’s pretty clear everyone is there for the same reason. You bypass the ‘does she have a boyfriend?’ thoughts and are free to talk to whoever takes your fancy. This alone gives you confidence and won’t leave you feeling awkward when their partner returns to the dancefloor.

Pro: Another plus for using a dating website is you get to learn about each other first. You can make the most of chatting online to see if the conversation flows instead of realising that you don’t have anything in common during an expensive meal. . Match also pair singles based on their own unique preferences, so if you’re a 30 year old film fanatic, we can help find the ideal date with similar interests. This way you’ll have something in common to ease yourselves into a conversation.

Con: When people think of online dating, the first doubt is having to spend money – which is a valid concern. But, nowadays it’s simple to trial a dating site before you actually commit to paying. Match offers a 3 day free dating trial which is super easy to sign up to. Let’s be honest, offline dating costs even more every month with all the dinner dates and nights out.

Traditional dating

Pro: Although you can see what someone looks like and chat to them online, you won’t be able to really know if you have chemistry until you meet them in person. When you meet someone at work or a friend of a friend you might suddenly get butterflies in your stomach, and know that you have to go over and talk to them. On a dating website it’s a bit different, although by the time you have met them in person the chances you’ll get on with them and feel the chemistry is much higher.

Con: The biggest problem we face is being limited by our geographical location. There is a boundary to the amount of friends and work colleagues we are introduced to and this can be quite problematic if you’re looking to meet someone. With dating websites you’ll meet people outside of your usual friendship and work circles, expanding your horizons and potential to find a date.

All in all we’d say that if you sign up to a dating website you don’t have anything to lose, similarly if you continue to look for love in social situations you might find the one. Keep your options open, you never know when you’ll find the right person, and at least you’ll have the best chance possible to find that perfect date.

For more advice head back to our dating section, or read more of our dating blogs!