Welcome back to The Attraction Doctor Experiences with online dating tend to be mixed.Some people have excellent experiences with online dating that end in satisfying relationships.
It also provided some superior features and potential problems.
Overall, Finkel and associates (2012) found that online dating differed in three main areas: Pros: Online dating provided individuals with access to many more potential partners than they could often find in their daily lives.
Long introductory emails may be counter-productive and off-putting too. If you are crunched for time, then meet for coffee (see here).
If you still have safety concerns, meet in a public place. Overall, it is important to remember that online dating is best used as a resource to meet individuals for eventual face-to-face dating.
The goal of their review was to evaluate whether online dating was 1) fundamentally different from face-to-face dating and 2) was superior.
Results of their assessment indicated that dating online was indeed different from "traditional" dating in a number of ways.
So, such computer-mediated communication may have an artificial and unemotional quality.
Clearly, the features of online dating have both costs and benefits.
Thus, while you may have to date a few matches to find out who is a good fit for you, matching can help you avoid those who might be a disaster.
Beyond that, it might be best to trust your unconscious feelings too as your implicit "gut reactions" can have a big impact on attraction. Communication - Online communication is designed to make an initial connection, not set the foundation for a whole relationship.
So, keep initial online conversation focused on finding out the basics quickly, then setting up an actual date.