Some people still think online dating is only for freaks, geeks and ugly people.
Case in point: a recent Business Insider article arguing that online dating is for old and desperate people, namely women over the age of 30 with no relationship prospects. Alyson Shontell, the article's 23-year-old writer, claims that women in their twenties don't need online dating, suggesting that instead of lurking behind the computer screen, they should go outside and meet people "the old-fashioned way":
No offense, but we're young! And young people are active. While the bar scene may not be our best bet for soul mate searching, you can meet a heck of a lot of people that way.
She names college campuses, friends of friends, the gym, and sports leagues as additional places where a young woman "running around the cities" can meet a quality man. 6 Secret Places To Meet Men
Maybe we're just joining the wrong gyms, but we at YourTango aren't so convinced that the average twentysomething woman should completely shun online dating as a legitimate (and respectable) way of finding dates. Why take on and dedicate time to additional activities and responsibilities if you can simply log on, fill out a profile, and start browsing matches in a matter of minutes?
Shontell consulted Quantcast for data on the ages of people who use online dating sites, and as of January 8, 2010, the number of 35-49-year-old visitors to Match.com and eHarmony outnumbered the amount of 18-34-year-old visitors by at least a quarter. But, a little bit of further sleuthing on our end revealed that visitors to OKCupid mostly fell in the 18-34 age group. Unlike Match.com and eHarmony, OKCupid is completely free—and dominated by males. Could it be that young people aren't visiting Match.com and eHarmony because they can't afford or don't want to pay the monthly charges? 5 Online Dating Red Flags Women Look For
This Love Buzzer decided to poll some of her own twentysomething acquaintances who have tried—and even found love on—online dating sites. Their experiences revealed four unexpected reasons to ditch traditional dating and get online, stat.
#1. Online dating is cheaper than the bar scene.
Marissa, 23, from New York, found her boyfriend on Match.com after going on a series of failed dates with men she met at work and in the city's social scene.
"My reasoning was that [Match.com] was 70 dollars for three months, and I spend that in one or two nights going out in NYC," Marissa said. "I would have nothing to lose." 3 Tips For Online Dating Beginners
#2. Online dating helps narrow the field.