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Online dating pros and cons

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In my last post, I discussed how you can use free trials to get a taste of online dating sites such as eHarmony and Match.com. If you have not tried a couple trial memberships, you should definitely do that, as there is no better way to learn about online dating.

That said, I would like to devote today's post on the pros and cons of online dating. For anyone who dates online, it is crucial to understand the possibilities as well as the limits. As someone who has used online dating sites for over 10 years, I have learned a thing or two about the strengths and weakenesses when it comes to finding love on the Internet. With that said, here are what I consider to be the main pros and cons of online dating:

PROS:

  • You can interact with a greater number of people online. On larger dating sites like Match.com, there is bound to be hundreds or even thousands of eligible singles in your area.
  • You can use search filters to quickly narrow down the type of person you may be interested in. In the real world, you'd have to ask questions and go on a couple dates before you are able to determine true compatibility. Online, it might be a lot quicker to drill down to what's important.
  • You can take advantage of niche dating sites to further narrow down who you date. For example, sites like Christian Mingle allow you to join a site with like-minded individuals.
  • Online dating sites can often help find matches for you. This is particularly true of sites like eHarmony, which specializes in this type of dating. Not all matches may be right for you, but if you're short on time or don't want to kill hours of your time searching for the perfect match, using an online matchmaking algorithm might be worth checking out.

CONS:

  • Online dating costs money. Of course, if you use coupons or free trials, the cost will go down somewhat, but keep in mind, meeting people in the real world is often free. Despite this, most people find the membership cost of online dating to be worth it.
  • There are scammers and dishonest people on dating site. This is something you'll be able to sniff out once you have some experience. However, newcomers can often be duped or they might end up meeting someone who ends up being quite a bit different from who they claimed to be on their dating profile.

For beginners of online dating, I usually recommend joining Match.com. As with Eharmony, which I discussed in my earlier article, Match.com likewise offers a free trial you can use to get an idea of how the site works. To get this trial, head over to http://couponleaf.com/match-com-promo-free-trial/. I believe the current trial is only 3 days long; however, you should still get it so that you can poke around with the features of the site.