People are spending more time online than ever before. It seems everything and everyone is connected on the Internet, whether through social media or some other outlet. Because of this, online dating has become more relevant than in years past. With apps like Tinder (which according to techcrunch.com, has more than 50 million registered users) and websites like OkCupid, people can essentially date from the comfort of their own home.
If online dating is becoming more relevant in today’s society, then why is it still considered taboo?
According to everydaylife.globalpost.com, online dating still has this reputation for a lot of reasons.
Online dating websites make it easier for scammers to target potential victims. According to the website mentioned above, these scammers create false profiles in an attempt to somehow extract money out of online dater’s pockets. Also, online daters have to be aware of misrepresentation.
Users can easily alter their online presence, leading others to believe they are a completely different person from what they are in reality. Not to mention, users have no real contact or conversation with a person of interest, and base their opinions solely on hand-picked pictures and a short biography.
However, this editorial board believes that online dating does not deserve the bad reputation it has acquired over the years. Contrary to popular belief, those who use online dating services have a better chance of finding “the one” than those who do not.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences came to the conclusion that more than one-third of married couples in the United States met online, and these couples had a lower rate of divorce compared to those who met at a local bar or some other establishment. These online couples are also more satisfied with their relationship than the others, according to the study. So, why have online daters had more success finding their significant other?
John Cacioppo, a social psychology professor from the University of Chicago who helped with the research, offered his interpretation of the results in an article published by TIME.com.
Excluding those who alter their online identity, John Cacioppo believes that humans are more comfortable with being themselves over the computer or through text messaging. He says, “When you are face to face, there is face-saving. When you don’t [see each other], you can be more comfortable being yourself.” Also, these websites tend to be geared more towards marriage and serious relationships, so the web might attract more people who are ready to settle down. The only reason people would register themselves on these online dating websites would be to find a serious relationship, so it makes sense that online daters have more success finding a match.
People may feel a little weary about online dating because, let’s be honest, it does seem a little unnatural. Meeting online instead of in person seems a bit odd. But, it is hard to argue the success people have had doing this. Online dating is always an option, and based on the statistics provided above, it might be the most viable option available.