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Valentine's Day Special: Why Online Dating is Worth A Shot

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

This article is brought to you by Melissa Kartini Ariffin Ong.

Photo Credit: Our Nuffie, @rinaijoachim

Mention that you use Tinder, and you’ll generally be greeted by one of two reactions; the first one would be casual, if slightly intrigued acceptance, and the other would be a look of disgust. Whether you like it or not, online dating has been rising in popularity over the years, and it’s only going to keep rising.

But what does this increase in popularity mean for the dating world? Does it change the way we date? And if it does, is it for better or for worse?

Let’s dive into this topic for a bit.

It’s easier to find a date

Dating has never been easy, but thanks to the long working hours many of us have, it has gotten tougher. This is where dating apps and sites help us out.

For those of us who are unable to meet people outside of our own friends (and heck, even this can be difficult!), family and colleagues, dating apps and sites are efficient ways to get a date. All you have to do is find a match, and after chatting for a while, set up a date. Technology has made it that much easier!

Rise in interracial marriages

What you’d be surprised to find is that online dating may be one of the sole contributors to the rise in interracial marriages.

“Say what?!” you might sputter. But if you really think about it, it makes sense. Before online dating came to be, we were limited to the people we know and are closest to- and these people tend to be of the same ethnicity as us. With online dating in the picture, it’s so much easier to reach out to those outside of our immediate network. Even those we have common interests with are so much easier to find!

Quicker to settle down

The increase in interracial marriages isn’t the only surprise online dating has brought us. As it turns out, those who get together through online dating are quicker to marry than their offline counterparts! Shocker, I know.

But again, it makes sense. It is possible that those who turn to online dating and are interested in a proper relationship, are already in or nearly are in a mindset to settle down. The moment they believe they’ve found the right one for them, why not tie the knot and make things official?

Marriages last longer

Research into the strength of marriage between married couples who met online versus those who met traditionally has found some evidence that will make you pause. Apparently, those who met online have lower rates of marital breakup than the other camp. Huh!

One can speculate the reasoning behind this phenomenon for days and weeks on end, but it is reasonable to believe that this could be due to having more options. When you have a lot of options laid out for you, you have a better chance of avoiding the risk of “settling”. Settling is what occurs when you settle for someone who isn’t the best fit for you due to the belief you can’t find anyone else.

That being said, there is also such a thing as setting your standards too high, so don’t get carried away with the variety of suitors you can get at a click of a button!

Of course, online dating isn’t for everyone. Do what you’re most comfortable with, and if that something happens to be online dating, be sure stay safe! Always practice caution, and never give out personal, sensitive details to those you don’t trust.

We wish you all the best in finding your one true love!

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