I have been seeing a lot of statistics lately related to online dating and how popular it is. The common statistic was that last year, 1 out of 8 people married someone they met online.
Now, I spend a great deal of time in front of my computer (some would call it excessive) but regardless of how much time I spend shopping, paying bills, emailing, working, and keeping in touch with friends and family online, I really don't see myself ever venturing into the cyber world of dating.
Well, I know those of you who support online dating and have personally experienced its benefits are thinking, "Don't knock it, until you try it," but I don't know, maybe some of you can convince me otherwise, but until then, here are my reasons as to why I am on the fence about it.
First of all, we know dating can be dreadful, and coming from a single gal like myself, I know it's definitely not a walk in the park so I can see how online dating would eliminate some of those nervous thoughts, but is it the best alternative? We have already moved into a time where people break up via text messaging or they rely on having an entire conversation through email...what happened to calling someone? I mean c'mon, we already have a cell phone attached to our hip 24/7, why don't we just make the call? Or even better, talk to someone in person. Again, sure it can be scary, but regardless of how socially awkward we are, we all have to be able to communicate with someone in person at some point- it's vital to our existence.
Second, messages delivered online are at risk of being misrepresented and misunderstood. I can be sarcastic with my friends in person, but will they understand my sarcasm in a text message? Probably not. That's where I find online dating to be troublesome. I think both parties would have to be excellent communicators and extremely good at expressing themselves via technology and I doubt that's the case every time.
Like I said, this is all speculation and frankly, I don't know how I feel about it all. I am not completely against it, I just wonder if people who enjoy online dating use its features because it's convenient or is it meant for people who are afraid of person to person interaction...I don't know. I'm curious to know what you think.