Online Dating vs. Traditional Dating
Everyday, millions of single people share a common goal. They all share the desire in finding a romantic life partner. Most singles date multiple people until they find their true love. However, the techniques of dating have changed with the use of the Internet. While many people prefer online dating to the tradition dating approach, is online dating a safe alternative to the traditional way of meeting potential romantic life partners?
Online dating has become one the fastest growing alternative techniques of dating. According to Dr. Gregory Forge, " Over 60 percent of all internet users spend about two or more hours each day looking for romance."(Forge, 135) In North American, about 10 to 30 million people have created an online dating
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A disadvantage of dating websites, is that any one can create a profile. "Nearly 80% of all online daters lie in their profiles." (Hammerstad, 6) When I was browsing through a few profiles on a popular dating website, I found a profile of my high school neighbor. So I read his profile and looked through his pictures and was amazed at how much of the information was false. He lied about his age, he had put he was 22 instead of 16 years old. He lied about his employment. He said he was a personal trainer while in reality he works at a pet store. He had family vacation pictures with captions saying he travels spontaneously. Pictures can be deceiving, but when a woman meets this kid in person, I bet she will go back to traditional methods of dating. The terrifying matter is, if a high school student is willing to lie about his age and employment, with the intentions of :seducing an older woman, then what might a 30 or 40 year old man be hiding?
Another disadvantage of online dating is the chances of meeting the wrong person. According to Dr. Forge, "if you use the Internet for socialization or dating, it is likely you will encounter a sexually or abusive predators, be financially ruined or killed."(Forge, 141) All online daters are vulnerable to these con artists, because a con artist will take the information you wrote in your profile and create a persona for you to fall in