Even in 2016, there are few things that get raised eyebrows from family and friends quite like mentioning that you met your significant other through an online dating site.
I, for one, still don’t get why online dating has retained such a stigma through the years.
Granted, the overall acceptance of online dating is up to about 59% in 2013 from 44% in 2005, according to the Pew Research Centers.
Still, it seems like online dating still maintains a certain level of taboo.
When you think of how people meet “organically” what are they first few things that come to mind? Unless you can be in 10 different bars at once or plan on going to a new social gathering every night, there is no way that you’ll have the opportunity to engage with as many people as you can in 10 minutes on an online dating site.
According to Statistic Brain.com, there are roughly 54 million singles in the US, and 49 million of those have tried online dating.
Broadening your dating horizons has never been easier.
All of the major dating sites have matching features based on common interests, compatibility, appearance, lifestyle, etc.
There are few things more awkward than approaching a total stranger and trying to discover a mutual interest.
Yes, sometimes it happens very easily, but the majority of those types of encounters are intensely weird on the surface.
This includes things like pick-up lines, blind dates, and the occasion bar dare from your idiot friends.
As a man, I can personally tell you that there are few things more challenging than walking up to a woman in a bar and trying to put enough of your best foot forward to make an acceptable impression.