Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online Dating

BP World Bureau | Oct 15 2019
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Millennials love online dating. There is a reason that dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid thrive. People want to find love or companionships that lasts a few days. And they want to do it in a way that fits into their schedule. Youngsters are also keen on finding their part on their own rather than letting parents do the work. Online dating is an easy way to connect with potential partners within the walls of your room. However, like every amazing thing, online dating also has some downsides. The key is to know the positive and negative possibilities before taking the plunge. Taking a chance with online dating might be the step you need to take to find the love of your life. If you are new to the whole concept, here are the advantages and disadvantages of online dating. 



1. Saves Time


Let’s get one thing right off the bat. We are all busy. We need to go to the office. We need time for self-care and family and friends. How much spare time do you have to meet random men? Wouldn’t it be easier if you could test if the time spent will be worthwhile or not? The dating app lets you talk and get to know the person before actually going on the date. If you see any obvious red flags, you can cancel the date and save your precious time.

2. Access To Plenty Of Options


It is no secret that finding a partner is tough. You can’t foresee what will happen with that person in the future by looking at their age, height, and educational qualifications. Online dating gives you access to more options than you will ever find in real life along with a chance to get to know their personality traits. If you want to date someone who likes travelling a lot, dating apps will give you a bunch of options. If you are not looking for long term relationships, dating apps will give you the chance to connect with people who want the same. The biggest advantage is that you can talk to multiple people at the same time.

3. Narrows Down Options


The facility to erase a person from your life with one swipe in the other direction has to be the best thing about online dating. You can talk to a person, get to know them, and unmatch with them if you don’t like them or find it uncomfortable to talk to them. Online dating helps you to narrow down your options from a hundred to five in as little time as possible. However, you will have to be upfront about your intentions and expectations to make it work. If you are a confused soul who has no clue what you want from your dating life, it is absolutely fine in the world of online dating. You can be honest and experiment to figure out what you want.

4. Family Isn’t Involved


The biggest millennial dilemma is finding the middle ground between your own idea of love life and your family’s expectations. Often times in an arranged marriage, the involvement of family stops the bride and groom to be themselves and open up to each other. This, no need to say, leaves room for a lot of surprises (good and bad) ahead. Online dating gives you the chance to meet any number of suitors as you please before finding your ‘the one’. You don’t have to explain to your mother why you turned down a particular guy. This also gives your relatives less chance to judge you for your choices.

5.Keeps It Informal


Millennials are a complicated, complex generation. We want companionship but not too much. We do want to date, but not necessarily want to commit. You can be in love and not want to get married at the same time. Online dating allows you to keep things informal and be open about it. There are no hard and fast rules in the world of online dating. It is one of the biggest advantages of online dating. You can go about it in a way that is comfortable for you and your partner.

6. You Can Go Slow


While some people believe in love at first sight, it is a slow process for others. The advantage of online dating is that you are not expected to stick to a timeframe. The getting-to-know-each-other phase can be as long as you want. You can talk to the person you are interested in every day or once a week. You can hang out with them every week or whenever you want. You can go as slow as you want that the chatting phase can go up to months or a whole year. The catch is that you get to find a person who is comfortable with going slow.



7. Weak Grip On Reality


The photos you see on a dating app can be far from how the person looks in real life. People may put up old, younger photographs or edited versions. Even if the photos are not edited, you cannot assume their body language or mannerisms from a photo. If you are someone who cares a lot about physical appearance, photos can be deceiving. If you are someone who cares about body language and mannerisms, photos leave you with nothing. It is one of the biggest disadvantages of dating.

8. Hard To Detect The Truth


The possibilities are endless in online dating. In a good way and a bad way. You are likely to meet possibilities ranging from your ideal match to a serial killer in the world of online dating. How do you know if the person you are chatting with is being truthful? You don’t. If the person is well-versed in lying, you can be fooled. Or maybe your ideal match isn’t very good at conversing in messages. And you might mistake him as an indifferent person.

9. Blurred Lines Between Reality And Fantasy


Dating apps give you the opportunity to present the best version of yourself. But the truth is that you are not always the best version of you. You need to be able to be your best, average, and worst in a relationship. You need to be able to accommodate all the versions of your partner too. It is easy to lose sight of these possibilities in online dating because of its informal nature. However, these challenges are likely to make an appearance in any relationship. Testing compatibility is only possible by spending time together.