Online Dating

More and more relationships start online every day. The development of apps and dating sites make it easy to connect with new people with just a click or a swipe, but are these relationships really meaningful?

As with any other type or meeting new people and starting relationships, by embarking on trying online dating, you are setting yourself up for failure and heart ache, but equally, you are opening yourself up to a whole world of opportunities that you might not have come across otherwise. Like many things in life, if you don’t push the door, it can’t open.

The great thing about online dating nowadays is the vast range of different sites out there. There are sites that are more for serious relationships and marriage (such as eHarmony and Match) but then there are apps and sites for people who are just looking for hookups (such as Tinder). That’s not to say that if you use Tinder that is all you are looking for and vice versa, but each is targeted towards a particular audience and customer base.

Online dating is very objective – unfortunately by posting your picture online, you will be judged, but if you can get past that, then there really are some wonderful people out there. I know many relationships which have started online, and are no at engagement and even marriage. There are even online dating babies! These children wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for online dating so I can’t say it’s a bad thing, but I would say go in to it with your eyes wide open, and with wisdom and discernment. Don’t take it too seriously – even if a long term relationship or marriage is your end goal, don’t put all your eggs in to one basket and take things slowly. If you go in to it thinking you will meet your future spouse in week one, you will almost certainly be disappointed.

Most importantly, there are many resources out there about top tips for staying safe when trying online dating and some of these can be found at The Independent and eHarmony.

Have fun – and let me know if I need to buy a hat any time soon! 😉

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