Although there's still a certain inexplicable stigma attached to it, I am a huge proponent of online dating. I met my long-term boyfriend that way and the majority of weddings I've been to over the past couple years have been for couples who've met via the internet.
So whenever I hear a friend whine about how they never meet anyone, I give them the online spiel. Heck, Nerve.com should be paying me a commission because I've talked so many people into joining. Read: 365 Days of Online Dating
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But as awesome as online dating is for expanding your dating pool, there are also some negatives. The biggest being that it can bring out the worst in people. And by people, I mean you.
When you hook up with a guy through friends or at a party, you might Google or Facebook him. But unless you're seriously deranged, you probably won't find yourself shadowing him, watching his every interaction with the opposite sex. However, depending on what site you use, it can be all too easy to check up on your latest fling online. I dated a guy who would regularly leave my house and be home, updating his profile, before I'd even had time to brush my teeth. Naturally, I'd want to confront him about being so scummy, but since we weren't exclusive, I didn't really have the right, which, of course, would make me even angrier. Watch: When To Take Down Your Online Dating Profile
Bring on the crazy!
While I sometimes found myself a tad unhinged, yoga teacher Nell became a pathetic shadow of her former self. "I have gazed at their pictures online intently and shouted in my head, 'Call me! Call me!', trying to will it into existence." She makes a good point. After a bad breakup, having instant access to their profile—photos, updates, or, worst of all, a change in status—can prolong the agony.
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