Our friends over at lemondrop recently posed a question that we feel merits a weighty response: Are you pro or con online dating? Why yes, yes we are. And while we at Love Buzz can easily understand the typical objections and complaints (e.g. the whiffs of residual stigma or the dreaded "he looks nothing like his profile picture" scenario), we feel that there are many upsides to the practice that should be taken under consideration. Without further delay, let us begin.
Top 8 Reasons Why Online Dating Is Great:
1. Know Thyself. Whether through the free personality profile at eHarmony, or the practice of filling out a succinct self-summary on OKCupid or Match.com, sitting down and figuring out who you are and where you fit within the broader scheme of things is a good idea. If you can't figure out and put into complete sentences who you are and where your interests lie, then perhaps it's a red flag that you should take some time out to develop yourself. Quiz: Find Out Why He Didn't Call You Back
2. Figure out what you're looking for. Do you know what you want in a relationship? Or exactly what types of men interest you? More often than not in the off-line world of bars and cubicles, we limit ourselves to what's immediately available. From the last man standing at O'Houlihans Irish Pub happy hour to that cute guy working in marketing on the 7th floor, we take what's put in front of us instead of going after what we know we want and need. Set some standards then apply them. By qualifying your dating preferences, you both open up and constrain your possiblities at the same time. Even the simple indication that you are looking for single, straight men, ages 27-37, within 10 miles of your zip and a non-smoker is enough to keep you from chasing pipe dreams. Add that he must love Battlestar Galactica, and who knows what new love opportunities may come your way. Choosing Battlestar Galactica Over A Boyfriend
3. It's a great networking and skill-building opportunity. Being able to sit down with a complete stranger and have a conversation is a great skill to have, and one that will serve you well both professionally and personally. So the date is a flop. So he's shorter than expected, balding, smells like B.O. and looks like a troll. The upside of sitting through a dinner with this guy is that he has opened you up to a whole new world. He's a playwright, he's met Tom Stoppard. His work is premiering at the Lincoln Center Library. Score! Maybe not a love match, but now you have tickets to the hottest show in town. 4 Signs That A First Date Is Going Really Well