21st century dating
Apparently, nowadays, 1 out of every 5 people in a new committed relationship met their partner on an online dating site. While online dating used to be taboo, it has become a legitimate way to date for people of all ages.
I won't lie, I have poked fun at people for dating online. I mean, how can a perfectly angled picture and a fluffed up personal survey tell you whether or not you're compatible with someone? I'm still a fan of dating the old-fashioned, meet-in-person kind of way, but I have come to understand a little more about why people decide to date online.
I believe biological clocks have a lot to do with it. People who are shy or super career-oriented may have trouble finding dates, but will try anything when they get toward the end of their child-rearing years.
I even have a friend who swears if she isn't seriously dating someone by the time she is 26, she will sign up for match.com. Otherwise the timeline of her life (i.e. married by 27, kids by 28...etc.) would be irreversibly thrown off. Which would be apocalyptic, of course.
Another thing to consider is people with Type-A personalities. They like things organized and tend to be impatient. They're also not very social. So online dating is the perfect alternative for them to find somebody who has already posted a list of characteristics they can put on a spread sheet and use as a check list.
While I still question the sincerity of those eHarmony commercials, I think dating online makes people much less apprehensive than it used to. People don't automatically assume that members on those sites are freaks and weirdos who can't get dates; they might be people just like you who haven't had any time or luck in meeting anyone to date.
What do you think? Yay or nay for online dating?