Today, we have the ability to do a multitude of tasks online; a computer is used in almost every school, home, and business in America. It’s not so futuristic to think that people would also find ways to enhance their personal lives online. Dating online began in the 1970’s and carried with it the stigma that only desperate people used the web to search for a love; however, today this stigma is gone, and dating online is a widely excepted practice. Dating on the internet is straight forward. A person becomes acquainted with another person through the process of e-mail; the two people then explore their compatibility by finding out the other person’s likes and dislikes, before meeting face-to-face. Getting started with online dating is relatively fast and painless.
According to King, Oden and Lohr, we create a ‘“personality profile”’ (49),
furthermore, the authors explained, the created profile is then “used to maximize
the chance of compatibility. Matches are presented to the user who can then
follow them up by e-mailing something along the lines of ‘“Hey, I like your
profile.”’ If there is mutual interest, the pair can then discuss topics of interest,
which can eventually lead to personal intimate contact” (49).
Although traditional dating is often extensively time consuming for both people, online dating, however, is more convenient, highly successful, as well as a cost effective, fun and safe way to meet other single people.
The convenience of online dating has become a very appealing way to find romance, in today’s busy world. Today, our lives are so fast paced with demanding jobs, errands, and social obligations that the hours of the day just slip away. Moreover, many people have lost the ability and time needed for traditional romantic adventures; whereas online dating is possible at any time of the day or night without the need to dress up or even leave home. Nobody will know if someone is wearing their most comfy jammies (unless, of course, both people are using a web cam). Online dating is very helpful for the person that is extremely shy or for people with social or dating anxiety. According to Sarah Stevens and Tracy Morris, “some research already has suggested that individuals with social anxiety may be more inclined to seek out personal relationships over the Internet,” (682) allowing online daters to meet many people in a very short period of time. The more people the date seeker gets to meet, increases the possibilities of finding a suitable match for the date seeker, thus increasing the chances of dating success.
According to Valerie Jamieson, about forty million people use internet dating avenues regularly and around twenty percent of the estimated eighty million single people in the United States in 2009 found long term romance dating online. The success of online dating is aided by a person’s ability to create an interesting, detailed, truthful profile. Online dating allows someone to meet more single people...