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What is Online Dating?

By Gunjan Rastogi , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Feb 02, 2012
What is Online Dating?

Online dating is a new trend in dating, which has no physical constraint.  It gives you several options to choose from, but also demands cautious attention while indulging in a romantic relationship online.

What is online dating

With the advent of internet, there has been a massive increase in the number of online dating websites and social networking sites.  The last 3-4 years have seen an exponential increase in online dating as a new trend in dating, which does not limit itself to physical boundaries.  Internet dating involves online chats and exchange of mails instead of meeting the person over coffee. This enables you to choose your dating partner or friend from all over the world through a computer or cell phone.

Internet dating requires one to provide his or her personal information on the online dating site/s to let the website search for a perfect match in its database. Online dating sites provide you with an opportunity to find your soul mate through email conversations, live video chats and telephone chats. Although, dating over the internet may add excitement in your life, you must be cautious about him or her before forming a serious relationship with the stranger.

Benefits of online dating

Internet dating gives you lot more choices than real world. Because you and your online partner are miles apart, you have a choice to meet him or her only after you are sure he or she is the right person for you. You will not be compelled to  meet him or her, especially, when you are unsure about the person.Online dating lets you use an alias, an incorrect telephone number, home address, e-mail or  any other personal information. You may upload your photo only at your free will or when you feel absolutely secure. This anonymity particularly saves women from the risk of sexual exploitation.

Online dating helps shy and reserved people to break the ice without any ‘in-flesh’ meetings, which, sometimes, expose you to vulnerable situations.

Disadvantages of online dating

Considering that online dating lets one conceal facts about  his or her life, it is hard to tell whether your dating partner is really the person he or she claims to be or a scammer.  There is an abundance of fake profiles and impersonations over the internet. Therefore, you must be cautious or you will fall for a wrong person. Besides, your pictures and telephone number can be misused.

Online dating may be fun, but it can also cause a lot of grief. You need to be careful while indulging yourself in a romantic relationship online. It is not a great deal to avoid internet dating dangers. All you have to do is to work your common sense and avoid judging a person within a few days of chatting.


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Written by
Gunjan Rastogi
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamFeb 02, 2012

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