Internet Dating: Friend or Foe

plenty-more-fish-l“There are plenty of fish in the sea.”

Google this quote. You will find that it is highly recognized as a tag for sites discussing myths and false truths. For many, this belief is a reality, for others, there is a bit more of an optimistic attitude. To each is his own.

“Since the onset of the recession in September 2008, online dating sites have been attracting new users like they were going out of style,” quotes New Age Media. This same statistical discovery has been found and reviewed quite often in relations to the increase in sex drive and sales of such related products. With an economic decline putting many people with minimal to no income, more time is spent at home, leaving the internet and sex as two main sources for continuing entertainment and enjoyment during the decline. It’s proving to be a satisfying and cheap alternative to life.

23.04 p06-07 NewsStatistically, MeetIC ranks first, with Plenty of Fish and Match.com coming up close second and third. There has been nothing but steady decline in this market.

There are several drawbacks and positive aspects to online dating practices. Pricing can be one of both, since sites range from free to quite pricey in the long run, while others are initially expensive, but gradually offer more perks and even free months to those who find a lack of success in their services, quite an enticing offer. It offers a way to meet other singles, though, without ever leaving the house, a great plus for those who are anxious or under-confident in public settings, or face to face for that matter. It breaks the ice and opens up a whole new platform. It, unfortunately, though, also can prove an unsettling surprise, given you are never quite sure who is really on the other end of the conversation. There is also the growing fear caused by online predators who prey on the emotions of others.

My personal opinion is that online is dating is a useful tool, but only to those who have the ability to handle what it entails. Users are to be cautioned, it can be worse than any high and low dealt by a drug. Emotionally, it bring you peaked ups and downs, and inconsistently. It’s a risk. You might find that no one talks to you, or that everyone who does you aren’t interested in, or even that you might find someone amazing, only to have it crash and burn (a much bigger let down than never talking to anyone at all). On the opposite end of the spectrum, it can bring great rewards and much happiness. Online dates across the world are resulting in marriage, even at times more successful than those who met by other means, or least I believe this is an honest assumption… Consider the amount of time and effort put into getting to know someone.

FYI:

– Online Dating Magazine estimates that more than 20 million people visit at least one online dating service a month. (Online Dating Magazine – 2007)

– Online Dating Magazine estimates that there are more than 120,000 marriages a year that occur as a result of online dating. (Online Dating Magazine – 2007)

– 31% of adults in America say they know someone who has used an online dating service. (Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project Report: Online Dating, March 2006)

– In 2003 it was estimated that three million people paid for an online dating service listing. (Source: Jupiter Research)

– In the first half of 2003, consumers spent over $214 million for online dating services. This number is 76 percent higher than the same time last year. (Source: Online Publishers Association)

– On average, those paying for online dating services spend a total of $239 per year. (Source: Jupiter Research)

– It is estimated that the financial growth of online dating will reach $642 million in 2008. (Source: Jupiter Research)

– As of February 2005, 33% fewer consumers are browsing online personals today than one year ago, causing the industry growth to slow considerably. (Source: Jupiter Research)

– Consumers spent $214.3 million on personals and dating content during the first half of 2003, up 76 percent from the same period in 2002. (Source: Online Publishers Association).

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