Yes. We get it. Your schedule is way full. Your mind aches when you attempt to figure out how it would be possible for you to maintain an active social life so you can start meeting new guys (and maybe go out on a date with one of them).
You're not the only one. With almost everyone living life in the fast lane, there are things that get shelved off to the side. One of them is your dating life (which is a shame, really).
But before you blow your mind off thinking how you'll finally get to meet your “Prince Charming” despite your hectic schedule, we'd let you in on a little secret. It's called online dating.
You've probably heard about it quite a few times now and then but thought it just isn't worth it. We totally understand.
Computers didn't exist during Cinderella's time. Plus, it's totally scary to put yourself out there for every guy to assess, right?
We get all the feels you have, girl, but despite your qualms, online dating has advantages for women (and men) who struggle to find time for meeting new people.
We've rounded up the top benefits of online dating for you to consider.
Online dating is accessible 24/7
You don’t have to set an alarm so you can wake up early, get dressed, and meet new guys at your favorite bar or restaurant. All you have to do is log in on your smartphone or laptop anytime and anywhere.
You can view online profiles and throw a message or two to cute guys you think are a good match for you while you’re sipping coffee and wearing your comfy sweatpants.
Nothing can get better than that, right?
You get to meet guys outside of your geographical location
When you’re dating the traditional way, you’re usually stuck with guys you come across within your neighborhood. On the flip side, online dating gives you the chance to get to know people from various countries and cultures, from all walks of life.
You have so many choices you may get overwhelmed at the start but don’t. Just take your time chatting and getting to know men from all over the world then filter them according to your personal preferences.
It doesn’t require a lot of effort to start
There are online dating sites which require you to pay a fee before you’re able to register and start meeting people. There are those which you can sign up for at no cost.
Whichever you pick, the process to register an account and start chatting doesn’t take much effort from you.
You’ll just need to provide a valid email address, several personal information, and your most updated and nice-looking photo (not the I-woke-up-like-this version, please).
After that, you’re all set. You can start diving in the dating pool.
You can state your intentions outright
Online dating makes your dating life easier by allowing you the chance to state what kind of relationship are you looking for through your online dating profile.
So whether you’re into casual dating or a long-term relationship, the guys who’ll attempt to contact you would already know.
This lessens the chance of chatting with guys who do not have the same relationship goals while increasing the chances of getting to know guys who have the same dating endeavors as you.
Isn’t that perfect?
You’ll meet like-minded people without hassle
In real life, it would take you days and maybe several dates to know whether the guy you like is actually someone with interests that matches yours.
Yes, it’s that time-consuming and we know that’s something everyone, especially the busy ones like you don’t want to have to deal with, right?
The good news is you don’t have to fuss about this when you’re engaged in online dating.
All you have to do is go through the guy’s online dating profile and you’ll already have an idea whether he’s someone who you’ll want to get to know more about.
This also prevents you from spending your precious time on a guy you absolutely don’t have anything in common with.
There is less pressure involved
Not everyone is good at small talks and meeting new people. So if you’re one of the shy and nervous types, then know that online dating can help you win at your dating life despite your inherent shyness.
Since you only start through an exchange of chats here and there and you don’t really go out immediately on a date, you’ll be able to buy time to prepare and be comfortable first.
Secondly, you’re able to think about how you’d respond to questions since you’re in a more relaxed atmosphere as opposed to having to give an impromptu response during a face to face conversation.
Less pressure, less awkwardness!
It helps you improve your conversation skills
Unlike traditional dating, online dating gives you more opportunities to think before responding to questions thrown at you since you’re not able to see the guy you’re chatting with (unless you’re doing video chat).
You’re able to think about how you want to phrase your answer and position your questions at the same time, something that you don’t really get to do during a meeting in person.
This helps you then become a more efficient communicator, a skill which will definitely be of great use during dates.
Your social network will expand
You will go out on dates with some guys, be friends with some or both. Whichever the case is, your social network will surely expand and who knows?
You may end up developing deep and lasting connections in the long run. This is what makes online dating worthwhile.
There may be no guarantee that you’ll meet “Prince Charming” and get your “happily ever after” but at least, you can bet that you’ll meet a guy or two who can be a real friend to you.
Say “Yes” to online dating
More and more people are giving online dating a chance in the hopes of finding “The One”. After going through the major benefits, we sure hope you’re ready to give it a shot.
If you’re still hesitant, it’s okay! Traditional dating is okay but if you’re serious about finding your soulmate, we say online dating is still worth a try.
On the other hand, if you’re now convinced that online dating is for you, we wish you all the best of luck in finding your perfect mate.
Just remember the basic rules including but not limited to being wary of those who attempt to get your personal details without actually spending the time to get to know you on a personal level.
If meeting for the first time, make sure it’s in a public place and not somewhere where your safety can be at risk. Also, be on the lookout for warning signs.
You’ve joined the online dating site to meet someone you can spend the rest of your life with, not a psychopath so never ignore the glaring signs that say he’s someone you should avoid at all cost.