There are several dating sites out there right now such as match.com, eharmony, christian mingle, okcupid, tinder, and several others it seems like online dating is become more common way to start a relationship. According to pewsearch.org, as of 2013 59% of Americans stated that online dating was a good way to meet people compared to the 44% in 2005. Slowly but surely, more and more people are open to the idea of meeting people online. At the same time though, with more people having access to the internet it makes it an easy hunting ground for online predators, catfishes, and scam artists hence. With dangers like those lurking about, it is no wonder why so many people are still against the idea of online relationships. That being said, do those thinks really make online the worst place to start a relationship? Well... yes and no and here is why.
More people have access to the internet these days
As of 2015, statista.com states that over 3.17 billion people are now connected to the internet which is much higher than the 1.02 billion in 2005. More and more devices have the ability to connect to the internet these days and more public places allow users to access the internet away from home which means that people can be plugged into these websites anywhere and anytime. With nearly 45% of the world's population plugged in and that number rapidly increasing every year it is very likely that more and more people will look to the internet to meet other people.
Meeting online and dating online aren't exactly the same thing
Meeting a person online and planning to go out on a date with them in a public place is not the same as meeting someone online and never seeing them in person. If you have seen the show Catfish or watched the Dr. Phil episodes on catfishing most people that date online are dating people in far away countries, have never seen what the look like (whether it be in person or on skype), have been in these relationships for many months and even years and have yet to shake the person's hand. If the person has absolutely no intention of meeting you in person and keeping this an online thing then it is in no way a relationship. On the other hand you have two people that started talking on eharmony and met up for a lunch date one day and decided to start a relationship. Using a website with the intention of meeting people is different than using the website as the only means of dating without any physical contact.
Sleezy people don't soley exist on the internet
Internet predators definitely exist and if you are using the internet as a way to meet people keep on your toes. If you are meeting people at bars or parties you should know that there are sleezy people there as well and you must also keep on your toes. Girls can be sleezy as well guys!
Dating websites aren't the only way to meet people online
Meeting people on Facebook, Twitter, online forums, and other different types of social media are other ways to meet people online and fall under the category of using the internet to start a relationship.
Meeting online to a lot of people may be strange and may not want to be the "how we met" story at a couple's engagement party or wedding reception. Everyone has a different opinion of online relationships. For example, The Telegraph says that married couples that met online are three times more likely to divorce while Huffington post says that online dating leads to higher marriage satisfaction and lower divorce rates. Whether you prefer to meet your next significant other at a party or on match.com at least make sure you go out with them and spend some time getting to know them before you start getting serious with them.