Online dating is nothing new. It has been in existence since the inception of the internet. The question is whether these relationships in the virtual world are still the same as relationships pursued in the real world or is there a fundamental difference? Can we still call love “love” if it’s passing through a screen? As a single person, whether you believe in creating an Internet dating profile leads you to marriage or not, finding a sustainable relationship online may be part of your dating regime, just like finding a job online from LinkedIn can help you find your dream job. Being able to grow and maintain your relationship offline is critical as you go through the different phases of a relationship.
Online dating, if done correctly, is just a method or service that will get you out there in the real world to meet someone offline and, perhaps, a partner for life. Even sites such as Match.com, Plenty of Fish, and Spark Networks’ Hurry Date take their online daters offline with their special events divisions. However, according to a recent research article from Stanford University, 39% of couples said their relationships started online. In a time when Internet dating unites millions of couples, matchmaking algorithms are a go-to method for seizing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Nevertheless, active dating, whether in person or online, requires time and effort. The competitive nature of online dating requires regularly updating one’s profile and responding to messages, which was seen by some as a negative of online dating. Older men look for an attractive physical appearance and youthfulness in the women they choose to date. Women, in general, are less concerned with looks and instead pay attention to the socioeconomic status, occupational success, intelligence, and communication skills of the men they choose to date.
Note: Christine Jean-Pierre is a member of the CSMS Magazine family. She lives ands works in suburban Jacksonville.
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