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Save the Date: The Pros and Cons of Online Courtship

Technology has changed the way we do just about everything in our lives, including the way we date. Online dating has become an incredibly popular way to meet new people and more and more couples are citing ‘on the internet’ as the answer to that age old question ‘how did you two meet?’  

For those on the fence about venturing into the world of internet courtship, we’ve laid out some of the benefits of online dating as well as a look at the flip side…

The pros

No more bars: Gone are the days of sitting precariously on a bar stool making eyes at a stranger across the noisy crowded room. You can now peruse suitable dating options from the comfort of your own home. Taking the dating game out of the bar and onto the internet means much less guesswork and no more unwanted suitors either.

Plenty of Choice: Online dating opens up an entirely new world of potential partners. As we get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to meet new people. Online dating exposes users to an entirely new world of people who you might not ever encounter in your offline life.

First dates: While the dating world has largely devolved into a series of casual encounters in recent years, online dating is prompting a resurgence of the first date. Getting dressed up and going out for dinner with someone new does have the potential to backfire, but more often than not, it’s a pleasant night out, even if there’s no lasting love connection.

The cons

No surprises: One of the downsides of online dating is that the element of surprise is somewhat compromised. Meeting someone organically prompts the type of butterflies that reading an online profile rarely does.

Reality bites: There is always the chance that even the most careful screening processes can fall short. Some people twist the truth, others put up 20-year-old pictures of themselves, and some flat out lie. A disappointing date with someone you felt was really promising can be quite disappointing and make you cynical about the process.

Too much information: Having access to so much information about a person (plus or minus a quick Google search on top of the dating profile) can really eliminate the mystery. It can also cause some awkwardness, as you might have to pretend that you know less about the person than you do!

So there you have it. It seems there are valid arguments on both sides, but what it really comes down to is personal preference. Depending what age you’re at and what you’re looking for, online dating can be either a step too far or just what you need. Either way, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try!


  1. online dating makes m thankful i'm married

  2. I don't think I could have done online the purpose!!

  3. I opposed the "No Surprises" theory, I think that if you find the right one for you, you feel that butterfly thingy. At least I did with my husband when I first read his profile.

  4. I have a few friends that have met like this. I think it does work for some people.

  5. I have never tried dating online. I like being up close and personal.

  6. I agree that it's a personal preference. I personally don't know anyone who has met this way.

  7. Other people prefer to choose this way and some doesn't. And there is always pros and cons to everything online dating including. Good thing I now married. :)

  8. Meeting online, then meeting in person. This is how it works. Yes, a lot of people meet their partners through websites.

  9. Online dating is not an easy task. Trust would be a major factor to lasting relationship.


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