Is online dating really worth it?

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photo credit: Cali4beach via photopin cc

Online dating has been an option for many people. With the age of technology rising more than ever, people have more options and a variety to online dating. There is much controversy over whether online dating is really worth it and whether it’s safe.

There are millions of online dating sites available to the public, both free and with a price. The dating sites range from a vague category, to a very specific category, such as religion, race and gender.

Due to these categories, we would assume that online dating narrows down your choices to what best fits your needs in your partner. Furthermore, in individual dating sites, one is allowed to search for partners according to their specific preferences, such as height, weight and even income.

However, according to a study by Daily Infographic, called “Is online dating worth it?”, 81 percent of online daters provide inaccurate data on their profiles regarding height, weight or age. In addition, when it comes to weight, women claim to be 8.5 pounds thinner than they really are and men describe themselves as two pounds thinner and a half inch taller. Also, according to the study, women use profile photos taken 1.5 years earlier and men use profile pictures that are 6 months old on average.

The inaccurate information on dating sites poses an issue for daters interested in a specific person. For example, an MTV show called Catfish portrays the outcomes of online dating.  The show follows people who have been in passionate online relationships as they meet their would-be soul mates in person for the first time. It’s based on the 2010 documentary “Catfish,” and the movie’s star, Nev Schulman, guides the show’s subjects through their journey.

The outcomes of Catfish were at times positive, but most times negative. The suspected online dater is at most times fake or sometimes a completely different person. The show either ends in happiness or, at most times, in tears and sadness. The show explains and portrays what really could be behind the computer, compared to what you imagine according to the dating profile.

Although there is a chance for inaccuracies on dating profiles, there are some people who have been successful in their quest to finding love. CNN.com explains one successful online dating story which ended in happiness.

Due to increasing technology, online dating has become increasingly popular. In the study by Daily Infographic, in 2007, 20 million people visited or used an online dating site. Whereas, in 2012, 40 million people visited or used an online dating site.

Also according to the study, there are some reasons to consider online dating. Some reasons include getting to know your date from the comfort zone of your home, eliminate people who don’t match your personality and show your interest without face-to-face rejection.

For people interested in taking a closer look at various dating sites and the pros and cons of each of them, Business Insider provides detailed information on specific dating sites.

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