“Traditional Dating Vs Online Dating”

by almeda

Due to the arrival of millennials, new technologies were birthed into the world. This caused an influx of electronic inventions. Social media platforms, have become habitations for today’s youth. Due to the increased police activity, no one feels safe anymore, violence and lawlessness runs rampant throughout the world. These social interactions, have an enormous impact on traditional dating. There are many pros and cons to online dating. Experiences with online dating tend to be mixed. Some people have excellent experiences with online dating that end in satisfying relationships, others have stories filled with confusion and frustration. In my opinion online dating is a bit of a parody. Honesty is a virtuous quality pertaining to the aspect of dating. I have known individuals to misrepresent themselves in order to advance, or prosper. Purposely omitting pertinent information may seem harmless. However there are major repercussions. There is no way to uncover the truth until after a few dates or unless you see tell tale signs of their dishonesty. It is human nature to  give people the benefit of the doubt. In retrospect, I am an outgoing individual, I enjoy social interactions with people. Traditional dating allows us to see and experience their energy and the way they carry themselves.

Here are some pros and cons associated with online dating

1) Access

Pros– Online Dating provided individuals with access to many more potential partners than they could often find in their daily lives. This is especially true for individuals interested in partners of a particular type, orientation, life style, or isolated areas.

Cons– The choices of partners can become confusing and overwhelming without a clear plan. Online dates can get stuck endlessly ‘shopping’ for the perfect partner, rather then actually starting a satisfying relationship.

2) Matching

Pros– Many online dating sites offer various types of personality testing and matching. Such matching can help guide individuals toward dating partners who may be more compatible.

Cons– Matching is a difficult process and testing may not be accurate for everyone. In addition, people may present differently in person or change over time so, matching may overlook potential good partners in the process.

3) Communication

Pros– Online dating offers a number of ways to get to know a potential date before meeting in person. Such computer-mediated communication allows for safe and convenient interaction without much risk or time commitment. For the busy professionals, or the safety- conscious, such communication is an excellent way to “Test” potential partners.

Cons-Communication through computers is lacking some of the information provided in face-to-face interaction. As a result its harder to evaluate a potential match online. Computer-mediated communication may have an artificial and unemotional quality.

Pros and cons of Traditional Dating

Pros- Instant chemistry

While online dating requires a certain amount of online interaction before meeting up, traditional way allows you to to experience your first interactions with some one at face value. This can help in determining whether you want to continue seeing this person. It can be increasingly easier to determine if there is an instant chemistry with the person if you meet them in person right away, versus if you’re interacting with them through a computer screen.

Mutual Friends

If you’ve met someone offline, it is likely that you share a mutual friend or two with this person. This can make the game more comfortable allowing a sense of familiarity and common interest to make it easier to connect without awkwardness. Its also a great way to set up future meetings in group settings.

No Misrepresentation

Online dating harbors a sense anonymity in its interactions before the actual meet up. So sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a person’s profile serves as an accurate representation of who they are. Meeting that person in a traditional public setting takes away the worry of potential lies and misleading that can happen via the internet.

Cons- Constant Socializing

Often traditional dating relies on frequenting bars and other social public gatherings in order to mingle with other singles. This can be difficult amid our busy schedules when our professional lives dominate our personal lives and can sometimes call for some awkwardness when attempting to strike up a conversation with a stranger. It also can result in unwanted attention from strangers who may just be looking to hook up rather than date.


Sticking to traditional dating definitely means that you are limited in your choices. While the internet offers a broad sphere for finding a match, traditional way significantly narrows your choices by limiting you geographically and often confining you to your existing social circles.

It can Take Longer

Traditional dating is a series of trial and error. Its impossible to known as much about a person before a date when you’re not scouring their online profile for their personal interests and goals. This can make it harder to find the person that you’re looking for while online dating often provides quick and efficient potential partners that match your own profile.

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