For the past 10 years or so, online dating has been a big part of the dating landscape. There’s really no getting around it. Chances are you have dabbled in online dating yourself, or you have at least had a friend, family member, or co-worker tell you about their experiences on a dating site or mobile dating app.
I wholeheartedly believe that online dating will greatly aid you on your path to dating success, especially in these current times. The pandemic has shown us more than ever before that we can still work, socialize, shop, date, and live our lives even if it’s all online. A wealth of information about a potential match is available to you on a dating site or dating app that wouldn’t otherwise be apparent if you were set up on a blind date or just met someone at a bar.
Here are my favorite benefits of online dating and a few highlights on how online dating can be a strategic way of finding a gentlemanly gem.
1. Online Dating and Mobile App Dating Take You Out of Your Normal Social Circle
Are you that person who constantly wishes that your best friend’s friend would finally ask you out? If you two have known each other for quite a while and nothing romantic has come up in your interactions, chances are he’s just not that into you. The same goes for the bartender at the bar around the corner, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, and the guy in your sociology class. You shouldn’t wait around forever. You need to move on.
Online and mobile dating allow you to venture out from your normal social circle, and I promise you’ll meet at least one person who is compatible. Some dating sites and apps actually connect to your social media accounts, broadening your web of opportunity with acquaintances and those who have the same hobbies and interests.
I like to think of these online dating tools as matchmakers. Typically, if you are being introduced to friends of friends, it’s likely you’ll find something in their personalities that you’ll find attractive. These online dating tools are just more accurate and make the process so much easier.
2. You Can Tell If There’s Attraction Right Away Thanks to a Variety of Photos, Robust Profile Sections, and Instant Messaging
At the end of the day, you and your date have to be attracted to one another. I want my potential partner to immediately find me attractive. I want to feel some sort of chemistry right from the get-go, and I’m sure you feel the same way.
I do believe that physical attraction can grow, but with gay men specifically, I see the value in instant attraction more so than in any other peer group. I remember being set up on a blind date, and, within five minutes, I knew we weren’t a physical match. If I had seen a few photos of this guy before we met, I would have known right then and there that our chemistry would be nonexistent in person.
Looking at someone’s online dating profile and photos can give you an idea of the activities he enjoys, maybe a glimpse of his values, and from the photos he posts some idea of a person’s attraction level. You want to be attracted to this person whether he’s in sweatpants or a nice blazer.
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