By Joshua Pompey

So often online dating is looked upon as a medium that people turn to after running out of options in “real life.” As an online dating expert, I may be a bit on the biased side, but I personally think this is a mindset that officially needs to be put to death. Not only is online dating an incredible opportunity to meet other singles, but dare I say, it’s even better than attempting to meet people out and about. Here are five reasons why:

Online Dating Advice: Why It’s Better Than Real Life Dating


1. I don’t have to put on pants to meet someone special: Okay, so maybe eventually I will. But when I’m home on a weeknight, tired, cold, and worn down from my work week, it sure is nice to meet other singles without having to get dressed up, brush my hair, and psych myself into feeling energized for date night. Online dating is always there for me. Rain, shine, morning, afternoon, or night, I can always meet someone from the very comfort of my own home.

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2. There’s almost no financial investment: Going out to meet women isn’t exactly cheap, especially in a big city like mine. Between drinks, transportation, and that inevitable late night snack, one night out can easily turn into a 100-dollar investment. Paying a 30-dollar membership to Match or even signing up for a free website provides me with a lot more opportunities to meet people for pennies on the dollar.

3. Real life makes no guarantees: Whether you are attempting to meet someone during your daily routine, at a social club, or at a bar, there are no guarantees. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll stumble upon someone else who is single that you are attracted to. But how often does that happen? When you are on an online dating site, you are guaranteed to come across other people that are also single and actively looking to meet someone.

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4. Online dating can be less pressure: One of the beautiful aspects of online dating is that you already know a fair amount about the other person prior to meeting. Between the profile and the conversations you have via email, you will have a nice insight into that person’s likes, dislikes, and personality. That makes the prospect of talking to somebody new a bit more relaxed since you’ve already had some icebreakers prior to meeting. As an added bonus, you have a nice cheat sheet of topics that you can talk about on a first date.

5. Online dating is what everyone is doing these days: There’s simply no way around it: Meeting people in real life is great, but with the busy lives we all lead, it’s just not as realistic. Online dating has become mainstream and is, without a doubt, the most common way singles attempt to meet these days. You can’t fight progress!

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