How Online Dating is Changing Our Society

In only two decades, online dating has completely changed how couples meet and interact. Learn how online dating is changing society for the better.

What used to be limited to tightknit circles of family and friends has transformed into a cross-cultural connection of people from disparate groups. Evidence now shows that these changes are actually benefiting society in two distinct ways.

Interracial Marriages

Prior to the emergence of online dating in the 1990s, couples met purely through connections or spontaneous meetings at local spots. Your momís friend knew a guy whoíd be perfect for your best friend. There was a sweet girl eyeing you from another pew at church. Or you bumped into your new partner at the minor league baseball game.

No matter how you met, you could almost always guarantee that it was through someone you knew or in your own city or town. And when people meet this way, they are limited in who they can meet and which circles intertwine.

Most people are connected to a relatively small group of people. And before the internet, it was rare for groups of people from diverse locations and cultures to meet. But with the internetís emerging stronghold on the dating scene, now more than ever people are crossing cultural lines to form blended families. These connections are building a global community.

Where before people married only those with whom there was a social connection, now people marry where no social connections exist, which creates new networks of people and more interracial marriages than ever before.

Stronger Marriages

Itís common knowledge that the divorce rate in America has skyrocketed. The nuclear family has broken down as blended and single-parent families are on the rise. But now that online dating has entered the picture, Americans can breathe a sigh of relief: the American family just got stronger.

Marriages created through online dating tend to be stronger with lower rates of breakup. Stronger marital bonds benefit the family unit in many ways. And those positives ripple out to benefit society as well.

Online dating has its perks but youíve got to be prepared to find the perfect partner. So here are a few tips.

4 Tips for Meeting Someone for the First TIme

1. Keep it short.

When you first meet someone you donít want to be at a baseball or football game that goes on for more than an hour. Give your first date 30 minutes to one hour and no more. Thatís plenty of time to see if you click. You donít want to be stuck with someone you donít like for too long.

2. Keep it simple.

Nothing fancy here. Meet for coffee or tea. Grab a drink during happy hour. Save your best dates for the man or woman who checks all the boxes and is worthy of more time and attention.

3. Keep it safe.

Online dating is like a box of chocolates. You donít know what youíre going to get. So donít reveal too much about yourself too quickly. Do ample research and digging to find out about your new date prior to the meeting.†Keep your guard up, and make sure that a friend or family member knows where you’ll be and when you’ll be home. Give yourself time to get to know the person before letting down the floodgates.

4. Be straightforward and candid.

Online dating opens you to a larger pool of options. So thereís no need to tiptoe around. Be upfront, honest, and authentic with your date so you can get a clear idea of your connection and chemistry right off the bat.

Where before it was taboo, now we can recognize and acknowledge the legitimacy of online dating and its myriad social benefits. If you choose to find your partner online, follow these safe and simple tips for meeting someone for the first time.

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Stephanie s2 months ago

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Leanne K
Leanne K3 months ago

Ive never even been onto a dating site, and frankly do not want to. I have the knack of attracting card carrying narcissists all on my own. Ive given it up, finally. Or perhaps just given up...

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