Online dating is one of the most popular ways people meet these days. The Pew Research Center put out a study that showed 59% of Americans in 2013 believed online dating was a good way to meet people. That same study showed that 1 in 5 Americans in 2013, ages 25-34, used online dating. This trend has only grown with the use and popularization of dating apps for mobile phones. Online dating is now widely and increasingly accepted which leaves us left with the silly misconceptions we once had. So for the less than half that still consider online dating a questionable social method, let’s take a look at some of the myths that were once so popular.
Myth 1: Online dating is for people who never go out.
Americans believed that not so long ago. I mean, why would anyone choose online dating over meeting someone the good old fashioned way? Well as it turns out there are lots of very social people who find online dating to be a useful tool. Online dating allows for men and women to meet more people than they would in normal every day, face-to-face situations. This gives them the ability to be more selective in the people they date because there is a wider range of options.
Myth 2: Online dating is only for people who are too socially awkward to date “the normal way”.
In recent past it was assumed that if you were using an online dating service that you had exhausted what were, at the time, the “normal” options. People jumped to conclusions about a person who used online dating being someone who consistently fails at dating. Now we know that people can decide to use online dating and be very charming and attractive. Online dating often allows for people who have demanding work or home lives to meet people while only dedicate time to the ones they actually feel an interest toward rather than leaving it to luck.
Myth 3: Online dating is only for people who never actually plan on meeting face to face.
Yes, it was once believed that people who used online dating services were all hideous looking people who never left the basement. The idea that online dating sites were filled exclusively with people who never actually wanted to meet anybody was a very widely accepted notion. Eventually people realized that online dating is most certainly for people who want to meet in person. Online dating simply allows for more time to get to know a person before deciding if he or she is worthy of actual time.
There once may have been a day when online dating was taboo or looked down on, but that perception continues to change as more people begin trying online dating. It has been quickly realized by a majority of the American public that online dating can actually provide a lot of advantages when it comes to dating.