As our society shifts towards being virtually-focused, dating doesn’t go untouched. As busy as we have grown, as a society, there are often not enough hours in the day to do it all. Companionship and love remain primal-necessities that we must fill. Thankfully, technology and dating have combined to cater to our fast-paced world; offering online dating.
Prevalence of Online Dating
Forty-eight percent of Americans report using online dating; making it the new-normal to find a spouse online. This equates to over 40 million Americans admittedly-using online dating services. Smart phone dating apps are likely to have contributed to the recent increase of Americans using online dating. From 2013 to 2015, young adults have increased their use of online dating by 27%, while older adults (ages 50+) have increased their use of online dating by 6%.
How to Date Online
Many online dating services offer free trial memberships. This allows users to make sure the service is the right fit for them. Once you have found the online dating service you’d like to utilize, it’s time to join. As a member, you’ll need to create a user profile, add photos and specify necessities, like your location.
Depending on the online dating service along their dating journey. Users can describe themselves for potential suitors and access fun tools like dating surveys and polls.
Cost of Online Dating
The cost of dating online ranges from non-existent to the double-digits per month. Generally, paid online dating sites are of a higher-quality, feature added bonuses and have more-committed daters. Free sites, such as Plenty of Fish or Tinder, are renowned for shady hookups and regrets. Generally, most online dating services will offer a free trail membership to new users. After that, the monthly cost of a subscription depends on the specific dating service chosen. For example, FarmersOnly will run members $21.95 per month, while EliteSingles will run members $69.95 per month. Online dating services typically offer longer-memberships, at a lower rate. If you’re looking for a long-term option, this subscription -type might be the financially-smartest option.
Everyone has their dating niche
In today’s market, online dating services cater to an array of communities. Anyone can find their ideal online dating niche with the endless options that are offered. No matter your sexual preference, gender, orientation, religion, political-affiliation, occupation or level of online dating experience, there is an online dating community ready for you.
Some of the most notably well-known online dating services are:
Christian Mingle – Caters to daters searching for God’s match, a faith-based dating service where committed daters can share their faith.
FarmersOnly – Aims to help rural daters find matches; daters that share or understand the lifestyle and values.
Silver Singles – For the “Young at Heart”, a dating service for daters ages 50+.
OurTime - Geared towards the 50+ crowd, aims to help daters find friends, pen pals, partners and spouses.
EliteSingles – Caters to mature, professionals looking for a committed-relationship.
Obviously there are tons of success stories, but what are some of the cons?
According to eHarmony, 53% of online daters lie in their profile. What do they lie about? Primarily, their age, height or weight, and job or income. A sad, but true reality of dating is the fact that not all online daters have good intentions. It’s reported that over 77% of female online daters are looking for a long-lasting relationship.
Even on Tinder, a site aimed at quick and meaningless hookups, 60% of female users are seeking a relationship. In extreme instances, online dating can go bad. The bad ranges from liars that engage in phony relationships that can sometimes last years – this is referred to Catfishing – to manipulators that aim to scam naive users out of money. No matter the circumstances, always remain aware [as an online dater]; Make sure to keep your personal information safe, never over-share info and always use your best judgment.