Look for dates online

By: Jim Mackey
An odd phenomenon has occurred in our modern era of technology: We havebegun to accept change. For centuries the old have scoffed at and downright rejected any notion of change. “If it worked in our day it willdo just fine today." was the battle cry of the old and old at heart.Something happened over the past 10 years where today’s citizens haveopenly welcomed technology and the embraced the wonders that itbeholds. Even the most traditional practices such as dating have gonehigh tech. The world of online dating, which was once mocked, is nowone of the most common ways of finding a lover.

The year 2005 was a landmark year for dating services. U.S.residents paid well over $500 million to online dating services makingit the second largest industry for paid subscriptions according toOnline Publishers Association. Each day hundreds of unknown dating siteslaunch, adding to the already crowded segment. Only on the internet cansuch an enormous feat of complexity be made simple and organized.Online dating has made courtship virtually effortless.

Online dating can be compared to shopping for a mate. It’s aseasy as picking a site and literally shopping for the characteristicsyou deem suitable in a mate. Once selected, a suitor is a mouse clickaway from meeting the person of their dreams. No longer do individualshave endure horrible blind dates or God for bid, speed dating. Almostall dating sites rely on the picture and profile process. Users mustfill out a profile that gages your personality, attractiveness andsocial aptitude. Once the profile and picture are uploaded, users canthen search for others in the database that meets their specificcriteria. Considering the divorce rate is over 50%, having informationabout a potential mate before actually dating can be quite beneficial.

Do not be afraid like an awkward freshmen standing in the cornerat a school dance. It is quite normal to feel a little bit apprehensiveabout online dating. The only way to beat your fear is to jump rightin. There are many different dating sites to choose from. The firstquestion you need to ask yourself is, ‘What type of individual andrelationship am I looking for?’ Once you know that question you canhone in on your specific dating website. There are all sorts of datingwebsites such as match.com, eHarmony.com, chemistry.com, hotornot.com,jewishcafe.com, christiansingles.com, plentyoffish.com myspace.com,facebook.com or fling.com. The best thing to do is do a google searchfor exactly what type of dating site you are looking for.

Once you have found your perfect dating site make sure to behonest when filling out your profile, choose interesting words andpictures and make the habit of actively seeking out many people insteadof just a few. Like anything there are some shortcomings of onlinedating. Some dating sites will put up fake profiles or misleadingpictures to attract users to join. Other sites will have an unbalancedratio of males to females. Some companies charge extra to contact othermembers, send out spam and use your personal information.

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