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Online Dating vs. The Bar Scene

October 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Most single working professionals are finding it hard to take out quality time to look for the right person to go out with. In such a scenario, the two most common options for finding a prospective date include trying to meet someone in a bar or nightclub or joining an online dating service.

Though there are conflicting views about which is better, what applies to both these dating options is the need to take precautions in order to maintain safety. Most online dating websites allow you to keep your personal details private and maintain anonymity. On the other hand, while meeting in a bar, you must be careful about who you speak to and interact with.

I met my wife at a concert in a nightclub venue so I got lucky but a lot of my friends have met people online through social network websites and dating sites like Match.com, Yahoo Personals and eHarmony. Online dating has become very mainstream and you will often hear people sitting at a table next to you at lunch talking about how they went on a date with someone that they met online. Match and eHarmony have been pretty instrumental in bringing it to a mature mainstream audience with television commercials. Many talk shows have had segments with online dating sites like Perfectmatch which was featured on Dr. Phil. These sites usually have a dating and relationship coach like Dr. Pepper Schwartz for Perfectmatch and Dr. Helen Fisher for Chemistry.com. They have helped create the personality compatibility tests that you see in the sign-up process.

People that are very social will probably continue to frequent the bar scene but you’ll be surprised how many of those people are also dating online. Many singles in their early 20’s don’t think that they need to use an online dating service and that there is just a bunch of older people on them. The reverse is true, the technologies on online dating sites have been setup to allow people full control over their preferences including age, sexual preference, smokers, drinkers, ethnicity, location, etc.

At the end of the day, it is your personal choice that really matters so go out and date and find that special someone.

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