To fish or not to fish? That is the question. Like it or not, internet dating is now one of the fastest growing phenomenons in the world. Can true love be found online or are they full of Mr Wrongs masquerading under a pumped up profile anyway? According to The Huffington Post online dating is a £2bn industry. With over half of the UK’s singletons dating online, Huffington Post states, “Online dating is now so important to the UK economy that the Office of National Statistics recently added online dating to its basket of goods and services to calculate UK inflation rates.” Globally one in five relationships start via online dating and there are constantly stories in the media detailing happy marriages sparked by online dating subscriptions. With over 7’500 sites available globally online dating can be a great way to connect people to each other from all over the world, match people with similar likes, dislikes, interests and relationship needs and wants.
However this is not always the case. Whilst online dating sites can be largely positive, the rise of Social Media in general, although has greatly enhanced communication globally, has also diminished the art of personal face-to-face communication.
The anonymity that Social sites provide allows the user to be just that. A user. The anonymity, not only allows some users to create a brand new personality for themselves but at times, a complete life transplantation! And sadly, when this life transplantation is discovered by the unwitting victim, a simple click of the “deletion” button can erase all responsibility as the victim sinks back into the pool of fungus and fish.
For more on Social Media, please see my post at: http://dingdongitsmrwrong.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/hello-world/#more-1
Ladies and gents this time, I would LOVE to hear your experiences of online dating. Have you ever met someone online who in real life was not who they made out to be at all? Do you feel Social Media takes away the “art of face-to-face communication” responsibility or accountability when the relationship goes wrong? Have you had any online dating disasters, experiences? How did you deal with it? On the flip side I’d love to hear positive stories too. Are there any people out there who met their current partner online and found their online dating experience to be positive. I’d love to hear your stories and thoughts.
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Thanking you in advance