Silly Stigmas – Online Dating in the Internet Age

January 2nd, 2014 by The JetSetter Team | 1 Comment »

JS1210It’s no secret that meeting people becomes more and more difficult as we age—without the courage of youth, the controlled atmosphere of a classroom, and the welcome social lubrication offered at a college party, many adults struggle to make romantic connections. Many are turning to online dating as a way to meet and connect with people. In fact, 11% of American adults have used sites or mobile applications, a number that has experienced significant growth in the past few years.

Despite its growing popularity, there is still a sort of stigma associated with online dating. Often seen as desperate, online dating remains something that many people do and few are willing to talk about. Though it is easy to acknowledge how difficult it is to meet people, many continue to see the move toward technology in the dating world in a way that is inconsistent with our embrace of technology in other sectors.

But online dating or even friend-making is great for many. Americans living in new places may find it difficult to connect with people because they have no place to get started. Online services provide an easy way to build relationships with people who are also looking to do the same. These services also take out a significant amount of guesswork—with the click of a mouse, you’re able to find out if a person is single, what type of relationship they’re interested in, and what they like or dislike in a partner. For individuals looking for a quick and easy dating solution, online services provide the answer.

These services are also great for older Americans who aren’t interested in a traditional type of dating game or those who work a lot of hours and may not have time to engage. Often, online dating provides a more direct way to meet your romantic or social needs.
We’re happy (and even proud) to use technology to improve every other aspect of our lives—so why the stigma when it comes to online dating? Instead of hiding bashfully behind the stories of how we meet, how we date, how we come to know one another, why not embrace the evolution of resources that help improve our lives?

Have you met someone special through an online dating service? Share your experiences (good or bad, we’ll take them all!) with Jason Hartman’s readers below! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiesinheaven/490110592/)

 

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