In the past, i.e. the 1990’s, online dating was a brand new idea. Unlike today, most people did not own PC’s or even have access to the internet. Times have changed. Online dating is not only IN the mainstream, it IS the mainstream.

There are many reasons for the phenomenal growth of online dating sites and the number of people, men and women of all ages, races and religions who use them as their primary source for meeting people and looking for “the one”.

If you don’t believe me, just ask your friends in the “real” world. If they are honest, most of them will tell you they have or are using an online dating service.

Here are three good reasons why thousands of people sign up for dating services everyday:

(1) You can be anonymous. You will never be required to give your real name, address, email address, phone number or place of employment to another online user. You, of course, may do so but only at your own discretion and only when you feel completely safe. You are not required to post a picture of yourself. Posting a picture, however, will get more responses to your profile. So you can surf through the other members on the dating site you have joined with complete anonymity.

(2) You have so many more choices online that you do in your brick and mortar world. Before the world of online dating came of age, the choice of friends and even of lifetime partners was limited to those we came in contact with through college or work. No more…the world is your oyster. You can go through hundreds…even thousands of profiles to find the right man for you.

(3) The “safety factor” is the biggest reason of all. An online dating service will never reveal your personal information. You get to choose who has that information and when they have it.

(4) Perfect Match
Online dating sites will ask you to specify what you are looking for in a future partner. They will match you with people who have personalities that appear similar to what you described. You can choose your partner’s age, looks, hobbies, professional level and more. According to Healthy Place, “A ‘surfer’ can immediately focus on people with similar interests, beliefs, age and other important criteria without having to spend time and money ‘going for coffee.'”

(5) Your Choice
Online dating sites provide you with a list of people to potentially interact with. You can choose the person you like, with the personality you like, and then, you can get in touch with that person to get to know him better. According to the Love Is Complicated website, “Online dating is also believed to be an activity of elimination because you do not choose every member as a special partner. You choose the person that meets your demands and requirements.”

(6) Your Intentions
Whether you are looking for marriage or just a relationship, you can specify this on your online dating profile so anyone contacting you does so with the same intention in mind. This will avoid misunderstandings and disappointments. Love Is Complicated further notes that, “There are a lot of couples who got married after dating online.”

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