We gleaned a handful of fundamental facts that should better prepare you for any online dating adventures ahead!
According to one of the relationship studies, finding your partner online is quickly catching up to more “traditional” ways of meeting partners. In fact, 22% of those surveyed say they met their current partners online, second only to meeting people through mutual friends at 24%.
(Almost) everyone lies
We’re not talking about total misrepresentation, but rather embellishments to make a profile stand out in the crowd. Someone, for instance, might say they’re 35 instead of 36 to not get filtered out of demographics searches on dating sites.
Approach profiles like resumes
It’s good to remember that people create online dating profiles to showcase their best sides, rather than bear out all of their mundane life details. For that reason, sift through online dating profiles with the discerning eye of an employer examining a stack of resumes. When you find someone who looks like a decent fit, don’t assume that they’re exactly like the picture they paint in their profile. You’ll get a better sense of who they are during in-person “interviews.”
Beware the hyperpersonal effect
When you suddenly feel a deep connection with someone you’ve only briefly interacted with online, don’t start fantasizing about a blissful future together. The hyperpersonal effect can easily spoil your first in-person date if you’ve built up an idealized version of a potential partner in your mind.
Yes, online dating works, but it isn’t foolproof. While online dating is a relatively quick and easy way to meet people, it only takes care of the first dating step.
But maybe the bottom-line truth about online dating is that, when you really think about, it isn’t all that different from “real world” dating. Either way, you meet somebody, hang out and hope for the best.