Introduction ONLINE DATING I ntroduction Online dating is a relatively new phenomenon.It arose during the late 1990s, at the same time that the Internet itself was becoming increasingly popular.For example, the sign-up questionnaires at some online dating sites are overly long and intrusive.However, the most likely reason for having a negative experience with online dating is because people may deceive others with their profile data.Related to this, people often develop illusory conceptions about their online partners prior to actually meeting them face-to-face.Because of these factors, online daters are often greatly disappointment when they finally make contact in the offline world.
Nonetheless, the Internet, which enables people to instantly communicate with others around the world, has changed how people go about meeting potential mates and forming relationships. Online dating seems safer in a psychological sense, as well.
Despite being a relatively young industry, online dating has already become one of the most profitable types of business to be found on the Internet.
Online dating services currently attract millions of users every day, and the industry as a whole is making hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Because of this, the services are useful in helping people overcome the feelings of vulnerability that often arises when trying to meet new people at a bar or other public place (Hill and Walmsley 48).
Yet another advantage of the online dating experience is that it forces people "to judge others initially on their ideas rather than on their physical appearance," and thus "enables individuals to connect on a very different level than they might face-to-face" ("Online Dating" n. In short, online dating is a good way to get to know somebody before meeting face to face and is thus a good way to "weed out" undesirable prospects while avoiding the kinds of pitfalls that are associated with traditional forms of dating.