When it comes to online dating, anyone can do it. Sites have popped up for anyone – from teenagers to senior citizens. If you want it, you can find it online. The real question is whether online dating is for you or not.
Do You Want to Meet Someone?
If you want to meet someone new and haven’t had any luck with your other methods, what do you have to lose? If you do it correctly and take the right safety precautions, online dating isn’t any more dangerous than any other type of dating.
Are You Flexible?
While you do want to be clear about your deal breakers, you do want to be open and flexible about some of your preferences that aren’t deal breakers. For example, if you could live with dating someone shorter than you if they met all your other requirements, why not give it a try?
Do You Like Meeting People Outside Your Circle?
Do you have the type of job where you can travel to meet new people, and it’s okay with you if they travel to meet you? If you click, can one or both of you move to a new city to establish the relationship? If not, you might want to stick to local dating, but otherwise, the whole world is open to you for finding a potential mate.
Can You Be Open and Truthful?
Some people get online and think they’re anonymous. They don’t have good self-esteem – or worse, they are scammers, and they lie about who they are, what they want, and any number of things. Don’t be one of these people. Be honest, open, and truthful to others and yourself about who you are, and only associate with other people who are doing the same. If you’re a female and a guy isn’t willing to give you the information you need to ensure that they’re safe, skip them.
Can You Tame Your Expectations?
Today, with filters and the knowledge the average person has about marketing, it’s easy to create an amazing online dating profile and resume that makes them look like a dream come true. Also, some people find it easier to text and chat online and not as easy in person.
You’ll need to lower your expectations for each first date so that you can get to know the person as they really are and not just how they want to be perceived. It doesn’t really always mean they lied either. It just may mean that they’re awkward in public, have social anxiety, or used a picture that represented how they felt inside.
Do You Think It’s Fun?
This is probably one of the most important questions you can ask. If you think it’s fun, then it’s for you. There are sites for all age groups, preferences, and even specialty sites for those with illnesses or unique likes and desires. If you want it, you can find it online – as long as you know where to look.
Online dating can be for anyone who wants to try it. If you try it and don’t like it, then you don’t have to keep doing it. There isn’t any one group of people that online dating is not for. It would be nice if scammers and those who wish to do harm would not enter online dating but they do, just like they go to bars, book groups, and find other ways to scam people.