Is Online Dating For You?
by Khieng Chho
With the advent of the Internet, and with so many people all over the world turning to the Web to do nearly everything, including meeting new friends, getting a date online has become too commonplace to really strike curious chords. In fact, any Internet fanatic would tell you that online dating is probably one of the best products to be introduced to the Web ever.
If you look an online dating sites, you will notice that millions upon millions of people are willing to place their photos and personal information out for everyone to see -- crossing interest boundaries, geographical locations and even races. But how does online dating really work?
Well, to start with, since there are so many people on the Internet dating scene, it should be enough proof that it does work, right? Some people are a little iffy about putting themselves out to strangers, but with the advancing technology making the world smaller and smaller everyday, the word 'stranger' sometimes means nothing anymore.
In addition, online dating sites give you a wide list of people to choose from, whether it be dating because you have shared interests, belong to the same city, or what. And because dating sites have this vast vast list, you have the liberty to skip and choose. This actually erases having to care for a few caterpillars before you reach butterflies, if you know what I mean.
Dating sites cater to different needs. There are some that focus on letting single women meet single men. Some filter according to sexuality, religion, sex, or race -- the possibilities are endless. You name it, you bet there is something or someone out there who will fit just perfectly with what you're looking for.
The key to getting the most of your online dating site membership is to know what you want and what you're looking for, so you won't waste time trying to get to know people who turn out to be at the polar end of your character spectrum. Don't join a matchmaking site if you're just after the date's "fun" side. Don't join a Catholic site if you're Jewish. Things like that.
Also, think about the site you are joining. Most online dating sites require you to supply personal information. If you feel this is a site you can trust, then by all means do so, but not to the point where your identity might be compromised by hackers and scammers waiting to prey on you.
After you've gone through all the motions and you've decided to finally meet your date, think about your safety first. Do not go dating someone whose background is dubious. Sure, you want a date ASAP but that doesn't mean you can go jump into the first person who catches your attention. Exercise maximum discretion because you won't really get to know the other person fully unless you agree to meet. However, you can prevent mishaps and trouble if you do a thorough background check first. It wouldn't hurt if you do so and it won't make you less cool, trust me.
In sum, online dating is fun -- if you know how to play. There are rules abound and courtesy should be exercised so you won't offend the other party. Try to be sincere, but not to a point that you appear vulnerable and come of as an easy scam target. Most of all, have fun. It's a dating site, for crying out loud.