In the past couple years, online dating has become more popular and significantly less stigmatized than it has been in the past. According to the Pew Research Center’s internet project, “11% of American adults—and 38% of those who are currently “single and looking” for a partner—have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps,” which means that if you’ve tried online dating, you’re in good company.
There are many benefits to online dating–namely, you cut through the bullshit. You can immediately know everything from someone’s age to their religious preferences to their desire for children even before speaking to them. Saves time in the end, right? Getting all of that out of the way at the beginning? Granted, there are genuine concerns over the safety of meeting up with complete strangers, coupled with the fact that dating profiles can often be embellished or simply made-up to make oneself sound more appealing. But doesn’t that happen in “real world” meet-ups anyway?
Have you tried online dating? If so, what has your experience been like? Would you recommend it to a friend? If not, would you consider trying it?