Benefit of online dating

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According to recent UK Online Dating Statistics, 1 in 5 relationships in Great Britain now start online and with a study published by a leading matchmaking website suggesting that by 2031 that figure could well be 1 in 2 it is apparent that most of the stigma surrounding online dating has dissipated.We use technology in almost every other aspect of our lives, so why not harness the immensity of the World Wide Web when looking for love?What follows is a brief analysis of the dating landscape as its stands today and a rundown on the risks and rewards of putting yourself out there into cyberspace.The Platforms: There are essentially two ways of playing the online dating game, the more traditional dating websites or the newer school of swiping applications.Both have their advantages and pitfalls and cater to fundamentally different demographics, traditional, established websites favour a more in depth approach with detailed profiles and cross-referencing of common interests, they focus very much on the long game and as such the longer you sign on for, the cheaper your monthly cost.The “swiping” apps are often free of charge for their basic service and operate on the minimalist premise of swiping right if you like what you see on a potential match’s profile, receive a swipe back and you’re free to chat further.One of the main criticisms of these type of dating apps is that they tend to engineer more one night stands than meaningful relationships, that notwithstanding they could be a viable option if you are a very busy person with considerable time constraints.

Why would they not go to a family member or a friend first?Have they seemed overly interested in your job or income in a past conversation?As with any salesman worth his salt, a scammer will try to exploit you via your emotions, be wary, be wise.Catfishing/ Misrepresentation – The term catfishing refers to the practice of creating a fake online identity or profile in order to pursue one or multiple online relationships.While this is a less common occurrence on the more sinister end of the spectrum, as it turns out, everybody lies; according to a 2007 survey The Truth about Lying in Online Dating Profiles 81% of online dater’s lie about characteristics such as height, figure and age.Misrepresentation can be a serious problem that will ultimately lead to disappointment, wherever possible, verify a profile picture is current or you could find out they’ve lost a significant amount of hair since 1989.

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