Online versus offline dating
Do you prefer online dating to the traditional man-meets-woman dating? Well if you do, then it seems you have people to back you up.
According to a May 2007 survey by one online dating website, US single dads declared that online dating is their ideal method of meeting singles. The survey was prompted by an observed increase in single parents subscribing to the site in a bid to understand why so many single fathers are choosing online dating and what they're looking for in a relationship.
More than half of single fathers said they went out on traditional dates less than once a month hence online dating was the easiest way for single parents to meet others.
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Something struck me! Two-thirds said that online dating was a safer way to date.
"Balancing work and family alone can be difficult for anyone, but it's even harder for the millions of single parents. It's not surprising that single fathers place such a high value on time and safety. Online dating allows singles to learn about a potential partner before ever meeting them in person."
I decided to toss the question to a few pals of mine. One thing they all concurred with was that online dating is actually time saving… especially for those who have to juggle between work and family. But when I brought in security into the picture, none of them agreed.
Profiling of individuals really helps a great deal when it comes to online dating. And most dating sites have taken this a step further making it even more interactive. With a webcam and a microphone, you can have an online date with the other person to access whether they are worth giving out your number to. It’s kind of like the traditional date… dress for the occasion, have dinner and a glass of wine on the side you know.
On the other hand, when you meet someone in the bar for drinks, you may end up missing out on any inconsistencies the person is exhibiting because the alcohol might impede your judgment.
As much as the survey was only carried out on online daters, do you agree that online dating is the safest way to meet singles as opposed to offline dating? What do you think the results would have been like if the sample was extended to include those not registered on the site?
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