An online dating introduction
This paper will start out by providing an overview of the online dating industry, including a brief history and a description of its current status.
The paper will then discuss why people use online dating services as well as the opportunities and pitfalls that are associated with the experience.
Although there are various positive aspects associated with the phenomenon of online dating, there are also some negative aspects to be found in the experience as well.Overview of the Online Dating Industry Long distance courtships (by telephone, letters, etc.) existed long before the rise of the Internet in the 1990s.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.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.
These include, for example, convenience, safety, and a sense of anonymity.