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Online Dating Better Than Blind Dates?

Online Dating Better Than Blind Dates?

Your friend has been speaking excitedly with you for the past few days about this new online dating service that he has joined. A natural introvert, he has never found it easy to go on dates with complete strangers and is thrilled with the online dating option. He can quickly go through various profiles listed and discard those he knows he will never be comfortable with. Only after carefully selecting a few profiles whose interests matches his own, does he enter into conversations with them, either in chat rooms or over the phone.

After listening to his excited chatter all week long, you are wondering if you too should be joining any online dating service. However, you are still not convinced. One question keeps bothering you most of all – how is online dating any different from blind dates?

Well, consider the scenario where you are out on a blind date. That Saturday night was not particularly convenient for you but then you both seemed to have only this slot free, with your date having to go out of town for the next few weeks. Well, this means working on a Sunday, you say to yourself. You have booked a table in a French restaurant and are waiting for your date to arrive. Well, she arrives 15 minutes late having been caught up in some last minute office work. As you start to order, you realize that she is not a big fan of French cuisine, which ends up making you look like a fool. Your conversation unfortunately does not take off either. She is interested in modern art and far eastern cuisine while you prefer the classics, both art and music. You glance at your watch and to your horror, it has been barely 15 minutes since you first met. Does this sound familiar?

Now consider an online dating scenario. You have chosen your prospective date from possibly hundreds of profiles so that you already know what some of her interests are. She is an art student studying Renaissance art and has just returned from a trip to Paris. Both of you share a love for the city and in your first chat really hit it off. She tells you all about the research she is doing and how she may have to keep traveling. You tell her about your work and what things you enjoy. After a few conversations over email and phone, you are ready to meet. You again go to the same French restaurant but this time you are sure that she likes the food. You meet almost like old friends and carry on the conversation from where you had left it the last time.

Which one of these scenarios makes for a more pleasant evening out? An evening out with a complete stranger about whom you know nothing or an evening out with a friend, albeit an online one.

Online dating offers the distinct advantage of being able to know the person to whatever extent possible before going out on a date and as such certainly holds the edge over blind dates.

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