The views expressed are my own experiences. This is not a MGTOW opinion because I dont believe in that.
I have tried online dating since about 2011.Throughout those years i met a lot of people but never got lucky with dates. I have recently decided to give it up and try the time tested approach of face to face contact. Lets Look at some reasons why it dont work a majority of the time.
In a smaller rural area your choices will be few, but likewise in a big city you have more competition. To me dating sites work better in college towns and smaller cities. You would have a bigger chance to meet someone.
There are an abundace of fake profiles on dating sites. Some ususally send messages about Nigerian lottery scams or camgirl sites. Then there are people who use fake profile pictures to stump users. They usually look nothing like their profile pictures
It takes a lot of time and effort.
Messaging other people has to just about be constant. It is hard to carry conversations for some people online just like its hard to fill out a profile for some people. I personally find conversation and finding about the person piece by piece rather than reading a profile.
It also takes a lot of $$$
Most dating sites want their users to spend money for memberships. These are costly with some being over $100 a year. Plus the results dont tend to be much better. I would much rather go on a real date with that money.
Online Dating isn't always safe
There are reports of people beng killed stabbed,raped, sexually assauled, choked, etc from people they have met on a dating site. Aplus about face to face dating is red flags seem to come up way quicker.
Some dating sites are exclusive
There are lots of dating sites, but they can be somewhat exclusive based on race, ethnicity,orientation, religion, and even lifestyle. So while there is a dating site for every walk of life its still not for everyone.
I personally suggest getting to meet people and get to know them face to face if possible.