Let’s talk online dating today, shall we?
I had a conversation with my younger brother the recently about how he needs to find himself a girlfriend. You see, he’s 29 years old and he still lives at home with my parents. He’s had some personal issues in the past, so I’ll cut him a little bit of slack for that, but it’s definitley time for him to get out there and 1. move out of my parents house and 2. find a nice girl.
Since he’s apparently having trouble finding a nice girl to go out with, I suggested that he sets up a profile on one of the reputable online dating sites and go from there. I personally know several people that have met their spouces/signifigant others online, including myself, so I know for a fact they work. And actually, Online Dating Magazine estimates that there are more than 280,000 marriages a year as a direct result of people meeting on an online dating service (Online Dating Magazine – January 2011). That sound pretty effective to me.
But it’s not ALL about marriage, either. Dating is fun. Times have changed and aside from Speed Dating and being introducted by friends, where else are you supposed to meet people? In a bar? I think not.
My brother wants no part of it. He is stuck on the fact that people lie on their profiles – and I’m sure some do. There’s no doubt that there are some crazies out there in cyber space, but in most cases, you can probably weed them out before you ever meet – or shortly there after. You may have to relocate and change your identity, but that’s all part of the fun, right? I keep telling him that I think he’d have a better chance on a site you have to pay for such as eHarmony or Match.com because if people are spending their hard earned cash on these types of services, they’re probably more serious about meeting someone. I’m pretty sure I’m wasting my breath, though.
I think there is still a stigma about online dating & I really am not sure why that is. What do you guys think?