Online Dating for Young Singles: The Myths Busted

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by collegelife on January 12, 2012

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Today’s post is by guest post author Cindy McDonald,

If you are a young single searching for a date, in this day in age it’s likely that the thought of online dating has entered your mind at some point or another.  But because of the many myths floating around out there, you might be dissuaded from using this method of dating and decide to continue living a life with the mere hope of stumbling upon an interesting young single like yourself with whom you could share a romantic connection.

Well, the good news is that you don’t have to hope anymore!  Because as it turns out, a lot of the myths you might’ve heard are just that—myths!  And we’ve taking the liberty of busting them for you.  You’re welcome:

Myth #1:  Online dating is for the desperate.  You may be thinking, “I don’t need any help getting a date—I’m not desperate.”  The truth is that many young singles are signed up not because they are desperate or lacking in the eligibility department…they are signed up to dating sites because they haven’t been able to find a good date via traditional methods.  A benefit of online dating is the opportunity you have to define your ideal match—and then sort through databases of attractive, successful, young singles with whom you are compatible and interested in.

Myth #2:  Online dating is too expensive.  Sure, you may have to pay a membership fee to be subscribed to many dating sites on the net.  However, if you’re like most young singles living paycheck to paycheck on a Ramen Noodle diet, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of reputable online dating sites out there that are free of charge.  Do your research to find one that fits your specific needs, requirements and puts your safety as the number one priority.

Myth #3:  Online dating is only for serious daters.   If you’re young you might not be looking for a long-term commitment at this point in your life.  But just because you aren’t in the market for anything serious, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t sign up to online dating sites without people thinking you’re ready to pick out wedding china and get married next week.  Online dating provides a great venue for singles looking to meet compatible matches in terms of friendship, casual dates, relationships as well as love.  Just make sure that you define what you want out of your online dating experience and are honest about your expectations… you never know where it could lead!

Myth #4:  Online dating is too time consuming.  False.  Of course, when you are a young single whose life revolves around a schedule dominated by school, work and a list of extra-curricular activities, there are days when you feel like you don’t have time to brush your teeth, let alone find a date.  But the truth is that online dating is actually perfect for busy singles—it allows you to date on your own watch.  After a long day, put on your favorite sweats, grab your laptop and browse through databases of thousands of singles from the comfort of home.  When you have the option of weeding through thousands of online matches, you can decide right away if you are interested in someone so you can eliminate wasted time going out on disastrous date after disastrous date.

Myth #5:  Online dating is for creeps.  In this day in age, the reality that the internet is a breeding ground for dangerous individuals comes as zero surprise.  However, when using the proper safety precautions and educating yourself on the risks associated with dating online, you have the ability to prevent yourself from encountering a potentially threatening situation.  If you decide to date on the web, be sure to follow these rules for making it a safe and successful experience:

  • Never give out personal information—before you are confident that you are communicating with a legit human being who is pursuing you for the right reasons, don’t disclose material such as:  phone number, home address, place of work, account access or even your last name.
  • Stage safe meetings—the idea of meeting an online match in person can be very thrilling…just make sure that you don’t sacrifice your safety for the thrill.  Here’s how to plan a safe first date:  let a friend know where you are going, use your own transportation to meet your date in a crowded public place, skip alcoholic beverages and keep an eye on your belongings.
  • Trust your gut—your intuition rarely lies…listen to it!  If something doesn’t feel right at any point in your online dating endeavors, don’t be afraid to cease all communication with a person who is making you uncomfortable.  Those with the right intentions will respect you and your need for safety.

 

Cindy McDonald is a guest post author who shares with us the truth behind the myths of online dating.  In addition, Cindy also writes for Best Christian Dating Sites where she offers tips for making the most out of your online dating experience.

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