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Ins and Outs of Dating in the Digital Era

The internet has brought some lovely additions into our lives. There have undoubtedly been and continue to surface some dark issues too. With online shopping, learning, and indeed dating, we use the internet for almost all daily activities.

Online dating has a few glitches that everyone needs to note before hopping on this bandwagon. There are numerous benefits to online dating, one of which includes less financial strain. On that note, the financial aspect can be affected greatly if one is not vigilant.

History of Online Dating

Aside from newspaper classifieds, the greatest historical dating extravaganza was Craigslist. This gave all and sundry a chance at finding love. It also presented the dark side of dating online whereby scammers were rampant. We hear less of such experiences today, but it is because many understand the issues listed below.

1. Security

Web-based dating sites for marriage offer screening from the onset. This is meant to protect those who are signing up and everyone you might contact. Not all websites practice what they preach meaning it is likely you are encountering scammers. These fraudsters will be out to get your money from the get-go. For starters, there will be an insistence on offering someone some financial aid. This is the first sign of a scam ready to happen.

Modern sites allow members to block people who turn out a bit annoying. There are also provisions to report such profiles. Sometimes, admins work on these reports, and other times it takes longer or never at all. It means there is a chance the site is full of scammers, from admins to fake profiles. It is not always easy to spot genuine websites but adequate research should help.

2. Anonymity

This is a scam if you happen to be on a bogus website. Anonymity is meant to help you maintain discretion until you physically meet someone. Newer sites allow you to blur photos while using a pseudonym. Ideally, members can also blur photos yet allow only verified members from having full access.

This anonymity aspect is the perfect tool for fraudsters. While it works wonders for privacy, including spouses hoping for discreet fun or LGBTQs still coming, it presents disaster too. You can never know if you are talking to a genuine person or someone who is out to harm you.

3. Fraudulence

When people meet in bars and churches what they see is what they got. Aside from a few personality glitches or hidden agendas, it was pretty clear from the get-go if someone might be a match. Online dating along with new-age software makes it difficult to know what is real.

Many images presented online are not genuine. One can easily photoshop their pics or filter them unknown to you. Even body types are altered to our disappointment upon meeting for the first date. Although there are several justified reasons many would like to alter their physical attributes, it is infuriating for the receiving end.

4. Laziness

When Pen-Pals and love notes were the in-thing, people were also limited in choice. Many had to focus on one or boys or girls and work harder to make their needs known. With online dating, many of us are spoiled for choice. This is not a good thing, not at all.

If we could only choose one or two folks it would also make us appreciate people more. Additionally, the fact that you have thousands of people interested means you are likely to select the wrong person. Lastly, egos are blown up exponentially and hookups rather than serious relationships are secured.

Bottom Line

If it is possible to register on a website and pick one or two locals that is wonderful. However, it is more likely that you struggle to streamline potential dates to a handful of folks.