The Revolution of Online Dating
Since the advent of the internet over twenty years ago, the world and the way we communicate with it has been in a perpetual state of evolution. With new innovations emerging constantly, particularly in terms of communication and networking, it has never been easier to establish and maintain connections with those around us. This principle is further made abundantly clear by the recent boom in online dating. Meeting significant others online is no new concept. Since the beginning of social networks, people throughout the world have been meeting new people and making connections electronically before encountering each other face-to-face. Popular social networking sites are, however, limited in this respect in that they are designed as tools to keep in touch with existing friends, and as such, people are not typically connected unless they share a number of mutual friends or interests. Online dating sites have taken notice of this limitation and addressed it, changing the way couples connect.
One of the main draws for online dating sites is the abundance of potential partners. In the United States alone, more than 40 million people have tried online dating. This figure represents 74% of the single population and makes it clear that as more and more aspects of our daily lives and communications are conducted via digital medium, dating practices have followed suit. The multitude of members allow online dating sites to offer a myriad of options to their users, proving the adage that there are plenty of fish in the sea.
...Everywhere You Go
A prominent factor in the recent swell of online dating has been the development of mobile dating applications. Many dating sites now offer a corresponding app downloadable to a mobile phone or tablet, allowing users access to their matches wherever they may be.
While online dating opens the door to the aforementioned fish-filled sea, any fisherman can tell you that not all fish are worth catching. This lesson is one all-too-often learned the hard way in traditional dating, as it can take many months or years of communication to fully get to know someone. While online dating does not solve this problem entirely, most sites require a pre-registration personality survey and allow users to narrow the scope of their search based upon criteria they feel is most important. These features allow for higher-quality matches and help to establish a foundation of common interests before physical introductions.
While no amount of technological advances can alter the fundamental shared interests and chemistry required between two people for attraction, the evolution of online dating has added a fresh aspect to the way relationships are created and cultivated. Increased access to millions of other singles throughout the world and the ability to find and focus on more compatible matches enable those seeking companionship to be simultaneously more thorough and specific in their search than with traditional dating.