I’ve been using singles dating websites (and even tried out hookup sites on occasion) since 2008. It’s truly amazing how far Internet dating has come over the past 5-6 years. I remember back in the early days of the Internet, if you signed up for a dating site or tried to meet someone on AOL, you were considered a desperate loser. Only the fat chicks and the nerdy guys with severe cases of acne even bothered with online dating.
10 years ago, I never would have guessed how popular online dating would become. There have always been plenty of places for singles to meet (i.e. bars, church, through friends, etc.) and the Internet was never going to change that. Then MySpace and Facebook came around and really changed the landscape of Social Networking. And with that, it became more common for singles to look for other singles online.
By the middle part of the first decade of this century, I noticed a difference in the type of people that were signed up for online dating sites. Instead of 90% of the men and women being desperate and needy, online dating sites began to reflect society. If you walk into a packed bar – assuming it isn’t some ritzy, snobby, stuck-up club – you’ll notice every type of guy and girl. There are the rich, preppy, hot snobs. The Girl Next Door type. The overweight women. The nerdy guys. The handsome guys. The skinny guys. You get the point. Online dating sites now reflect a normal packed bar. Why is that? Because of these 3 reasons…
Meeting someone online is as easy as 1…2…3
If you want to go out to a bar to meet someone, you have to get all dolled up. Then you have to get in the car, drive to a bar, and figure out whom to talk to. Online dating is so appealing because you can start chatting with someone almost instantly. You don’t have to get dressed, do your hair, shower, etc. No one can see you from behind your computer monitor. We like convenience, and online dating has provided that for singles. Besides, there is no closing time on Internet dating sites. The bartender won’t ask for you to finish your drink at 2:00 AM if you’re not ready to “leave”. You can meet people on your time.
We’re all pretty much addicted to the Internet
I remember when I first started using the Internet back in the 1990’s. It was fun. My earliest memories were trying to look up baseball scores. But that’s really all I used it for. Now I’m online 3-4 hours per day. Sometimes more. So why not chat with women during the time I’m spending online? Plain and simple – we spend a lot more time online now than we did even in, say, 2000. We’re an Internet-based society and that has led to the increase in popularity of online dating sites and Social Networking sites.
You can’t pre-screen men and women in a bar
The only thing we really know about someone we see in a bar is their looks. So we have to base our decision on whether or not to talk to them if we find them attractive. Of course, just because you find someone physically attractive, it doesn’t mean you have anything in common with them. The most appealing aspect of online dating is you can get to know some things about someone before ever contacting them.