by Shirley Peel
Online dating has grown by leaps and bounds as the method of choice for many singles looking for suitable dates. The usual ways of meeting potential mates in clubs, social settings, by chance or even through mutual acquaintances can be a waste of both time and energy. Today's singles are busier than ever -- they don't have the inclination or patience to strike up relationships with a number of different people in hopes of finding their "one and only".
Finding someone to date through the internet might seem drastic to some; however, it has proven to be an efficient and safe way to make choices about relationships. We are fast becoming a society dependent on technology rather than personal face-to-face contact in many facets of our everyday lives. What better way to choose someone you would like to get to know than by reading a profile, seeing a photo or accessing audio and video clips from the comfort of your living room? If you find something encouraging, then you can move forward and take the next steps.
Online dating does not confine your prospects to a particular region either. You can meet new and exciting people from all over the world - if you so desire. Or, of course, you can meet someone near your own hometown if you use one of the larger dating services. Online matchmaking services have millions of singles in their databases, and thousands of new people sign up daily. One thing for sure, most of them are looking for compatible relationships just as you are - whether it be friendship, companionship or marriage.
If you are seriously considering getting involved in the online dating scene, visit some of the dating sites on the internet just to look around and become acquainted. Look at several of the sites just to see what they are about and what they have to offer. Many services give you a grace period just for this purpose -- giving you the chance to take a cursory look to decide if this is something you would be interested in before you join and have to make a financial commitment.
Also, it might be a good idea to visit discussion forums and read ebooks on the subject. There are many of both around.
I am sure you realize there are people you come in contact with anywhere and everywhere who exaggerate and lie for all kinds of reasons. People you chat with online are no different.
As with all things, be cautious and use common sense if you do decide to meet and begin an on-going relationship with someone you've met online.
About the Author
S.J. Peel, webmaster and author. Visit http://www.nationalgay.com where you will find a complete information site about online dating.