Social Media Vs. Dating Sites Like eHarmoney And OKCupid

It seems that eHarmony and OKCupid are being replaced by Twitter and Facebook. In fact 21% of couples say they connected through social media.

Meeting someone online is happening more often than ever now, especially with the popularity of social networking. Sites such as Twitter and Facebook have given singles an opportunity to find the match of their dreams, despite the numerous online websites dedicated to matchmaking, such as Match.com, eHarmony and OKCupid. However, many analysts believe that there is no need for these online dating sites to worry because the online dating industry in the U.S. is expected to experience phenomenal growth by 2016. This suggest a larger market with plenty of space for many players.

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The interesting part about couples meeting on Twitter and Facebook, rather than a website that is meant specifically for dating, is that it is easier for potential partners to be able to get to know one another on a level that is more genuine and sincere. According to some studies, when people meet on social networking websites, there is a better opportunity to get more revealing information about a person’s character. Of course, another great advantage with social networking is that it is free.

A recent study suggests that in the time period 2005 to 2012, approximately 21% of people who met each other online and eventually got married, actually found each other through social networking sites. Interestingly, the same percentage of marriages resulted from people who meet in school in an offline environment.

Jeff Hall, an expert on different styles of flirting, from the University of Kansas, noted that this often took place without drawing much attention. The author discovered that many of these marriages had roots in older forms of social network sites, such as MySpace and Classmates.com. Participants in this study discovered that they were able to take advantage of a more natural setting for meeting and getting better acquainted with potential partners when they used free social networking websites rather than the “awkward” or “too direct” approach offered by online dating services.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Dating

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There were times in the past that online dating was a thing that people didn’t really talk about. There was somehow a stigma attached to online dating, and people who engaged in it were often met with disapproval or criticism. However, as the public is now more attuned to the benefits of various social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, the idea of forging personal connections through online methods are become more acceptable and no longer strange.

If you are one of those people who might be wondering what individuals get from online dating, you would certainly want to know the benefits and risks of the business. With the information at hand, you’ll also be able to decide if virtual dating suits you or not.

Benefits

  • The numerous number of personalities scattered in the internet is something no one can deny. If you are single and ready to mingle, you’ll be able to find different kinds of persons through virtual dating. Apart from that, there is certainly someone you’ll find compatible with through the use of matching services who set parameters and match you up with your desired qualities and characteristics.
  • If you have a sense of adventure, and are looking to expand your exposure to different people that you might otherwise not be able to meet, through online daring you can count on meeting someone who is a different race, religion, creed, belief and sexual orientation.
  • You are able to save and manage your time. Whether you are really busy or not, the services rendered by dating websites are really catered to help those who seem lack time in the romance department. With just a few forms to fill out, a few tests to take and a profile to update, and a few clicks, you are on your way to meeting the partner of your dreams.  Clearly, you don’t have to waste your time in dating others. Additionally you are also able to save time because someone else invests their time to finding a better match for you.
  • There’s no need to worry about rejecting someone and of being rejected because that’s just the way it is in online dating. It’s easier to accept failure in front of the computer than in front of that person. Similarly, it is simpler to be frank and brutal via the exchange of messages in the internet than in person.

Risks

  • Over time, you would certainly want to meet the man or woman of your dreams. However, in some cases, you will find certain factors like geographical distance as something that leaves you with no choice at all but to start the search anew. Although there are others who were able to successfully manage long-distance relationships, if this is not for you then you have better stick to local connections.
  • Safety becomes an issue especially when personal information is sometimes divulged either by the user or the website. While there are those sites that warn their users or offer schemes to help the users, at times, predators are just that good and convincing.
  • When you engage in online dating, there’s no way you will be able to verify the information given to you by your prospect. It is undeniable and based on concrete studies taken, a significant number of users lie about their physical stature from the height to the weight.

However, while online dating do have certain disadvantages, it remains to be a promising possibility for most people. After all, finding a relationship is really complicated—whether online or in real-life. The ability to judge character and tell lies from truth are good skills to have whenever dealing with someone on a romantic basis.

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Ladies: Is Love Really All You Need To Get Hitched?

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Come on, I know what you’re thinking. Most romantics would agree with the title. All you need is love. A lot of women believe this is the only reason to get married. It’s so easy to say, but when it comes down to it, is it really true? After all, times are different now. Back then marriage was about stability, a promised future, and certain social status. Today, you can marry any man you want and all you need is two witnesses and to be happy with his, um, assets. Before you make the plunge, consider the following points:

• The first thing we have to check out is how the two of you interact during a problem or crisis. Can the two of you really handle one another or do you find someone pulling more weight than the other? I’ve seen couples go both ways, but no matter what reactions they had there was a hidden balance. Balance being they were able to work with each other, not against one another. A husband should be like a secretary, if you call in for a week they should be able to take over right away and pick up your slack with ease. Teamwork is important. You can’t be a one woman team, if you want to be, go ahead and enjoy being single until you’re ready.

• A lot of people don’t admit it, but having security really is a huge part in a couple’s relationship. You might be finishing up a college degree while he stays at home and plays Call of Duty on his Xbox. Don’t get me wrong, a man having gaming habits is a nice way to receive some space, but if this is all he does, is it worth it? A man has to have a job or some kind of dream of becoming more. You know the women that stay with the starving and struggling artist, it’s because they truly believe he will make it big someday, no matter how long it takes. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Bottom line, ensure there is ambition within him or else you’ll be wondering why you never questioned it sooner.

• The biggest and most common question is the trust you hold within each other. You can love someone till the end of time, but if you’re torturing yourself day after day wondering if he’s seeing someone on the side based on his past, it’s not going to work. I say this because I care. Women are sympathetic, they want to be the ones to change their ways, but we have to accept the fact that sometimes it is not an option. Do not, I repeat, do not torture yourself if you question his intentions. You do not want to waste your time with someone who doesn’t care about you. By the time it’s over, you could have been happily married to some other guy for years. Don’t do it. Follow and trust your instincts on this.

Don’t get me wrong, loving someone is half the battle, but it cannot be the only thing you contemplate before making a life-long commitment. If you’ve honestly considered all of these ideas and still have some positive thoughts about your man, you have my personal blessing to get hitched. If later down the road you realize you’d made a horrible mistake, no big deal. You can always get your ring appraised and find out how much your diamond worth is and resell it.

Fran Delaney writes on love, relationships and marriage from her hometown of Los Angeles, CA.

Surviving a Long Distance Relationship with Communication and Understanding

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Perhaps you have found yourself stuck in a long distance relationship due to your significant other working in a different state, having to go away on a temporary working assignment, leaving temporarily for school, or for other reasons. The fact of the matter is that long distance relationships can be difficult. Relationships are built on communication and understanding, but what happens when you can only communicate via the phone? Skype may be an option but the reality is that nothing compares to spending quality time with one another in the flesh.

Unfortunately if you are not a phone or Skype person you have to work extra hard to keep the love alive. You have to learn how to not take comments personally and instead letting things roll off your back. Having the option of kissing and making up is not an option in a long distance relationship. If you argue you have to work it out by talking verses taking a drive and holding one another’s hand, assuring one another everything is alright. Long distance relationships can be challenging, but here is a list of ideas that will hopefully make your relationship go smoother and long lasting.

  1. When a misunderstanding arises, ask for clarification. Instead of assuming that your love is meaning one thing, ask them what you thought they were implying instead of starting an argument. You may be pleasantly surprised that they didn’t mean it the way it came out. Being patient and understanding will make the world of a difference when you are unable to bridge the gap with physical touch or spending time with one another.
  2. Make plans to see one another as often as your schedules allow. Having plans to look forward to make the time go a lot quicker when you are missing your significant other. If you can squeeze in a concert, a restaurant you’ve been dying to try, or a movie you’ve really wanted to see, creating a memory is a great way to make the precious moments last when you do get to spend some time with your significant other.
  3. If you are bad at picking up the phone, schedule a phone date with your boyfriend or girlfriend every night so you can be sure that you are staying up to date with one another. Letting one another know how your day went, what is coming up in the coming days, and what you are excited or frustrated about in the present moment will create a tighter bond and help you grow closer together. Plus your relationship will be stronger than ever because it will be built on communication and not just physical intimacy.
  4. Keep the love and trust alive by staying honest. If you keep things from the person you love, how is the trust and love supposed to stay alive? Being open, honest, and communicating your thoughts is the best way to help a relationship succeed.

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These tips should hopefully make the time go by quickly and help you look forward to a wonderful time that you will be hopefully spending with your loved one soon. Being away is no fun, but can you imagine the memories you will create when you are together again? If you have the option to bridge the distance by moving or taking another job, that is the best option, but sometimes a long distance relationship cannot be helped. So take a deep breath, put both feet in, and do your best to communicate and create a long distance relationship worth keeping.

An ocean dreamer at heart and in real life, Sierra Greenman thrives on visiting and living near the beach and could never imagine herself anywhere else. She recently ventured out into the freelance world and now is a Freelance Writer and Social Media Specialist and absolutely loves it. Writing about fashion and style are one of her many passions. You can also find Sierra at her blog Ocean Dreams and follow her on Twitter @oceandreams4u. She also is a featured fashion blogger for JoeShopping.com and her e-mail is [email protected] if you want to say hello!

Facebook the New Little Black Book

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Have you noticed that when girls ask for you contact details, they always ask if you’ve got Facebook? Facebook is becoming a necessity to meet, and contact women.

You are probably reading this whilst logged into it. People within earshot are talking about who did what, and posted what, and said what on it, even your grandmother is on it. It is the social vehicle that according to CNN helped coordinate the North African revolts, and connected 100 million ranters like me with an audience to listen.

Face facts, Facebook may become outdated in five years time, its space overtaken by some new fad, but for now it rules the roost. Connecting friends, connecting enemies who want to keep their quarries under surveillance, connecting businesses with consumers. But Facebook as an option for online dating connections, takes this networking tool into a league even top dating sites like Match can’t compete with.

On Facebook, your relationship status is known to everyone. If you are single, it should poke an interest from unattached ladies. Women like to keep their relationship status as active. No woman wants to have her Facebook relationship status as “single“ or “not in a relationship“ for very long.

Think about it, everyone is on display, most have their relationship status showing, their pics of themselves, their info, their likes, their wants, they are there on their profile in plain view to those they are connected with. There is an ability to message in an instant, to hunt down an old flame in a moment, to find and to be found.

Advantage has been taken of this connectedness by a range of dating applications like speed-date, yet the real benefit of Facebook as a means to get the girl is not in the apps. it is in the platform itself. Any fool can use it, and I know you have received friend requests from such fools, but you will have received friend requests from girls you are interested in too.

Have you used the tool at your fingertips to make that connection about more than the posterity of having a triple digit friend count? Information in the dating game is key, the more we know the more we can show. It is not about trickery, reading up on the girl we like and coming up with pre-prepared lines that will woo her.

Even if you have a girlfriend already, through Facebook you will be able to always know how she is feeling. Less risk of misunderstandings, and the misreading of emotions, improving the longevity of a relationship.

No girlfriend? A  perfect match can be made. Chances are that if you’ve got a Facebook account, you’ve got a girlfriend, or are soon to get one.

The information we have on potential girlfriends helps us to decide if this person is really someone we could like over the long haul. There is more information on a Facebook wall than is attainable through any dating specific site.

Even if the wall shows an inordinate amount of game app postings like Farmville, we can tell the person is either boring, has an addictive personality, or indeed is bored and looking for someone new to spend their time with. We can see from the comments and posts they make what is important to them, and determine if these are in line with the things that are important to us.

There are enough girls in your friends list right now to keep you dating for years, and you’ll probably find something lasting. But Facebook too can be used in the hunt for fresh girls, girls unknown to you, people you can seek out, or have them come to you by being in the places, by connecting with the people, by commenting in pages that interests you, you can catch their eye.

Turning a friend into “something more“ is as simple as communicating, and communicating is what Facebook is all about. Striking up a conversation that can go on for hours, stretch over days to be picked up on and continued until you know you are both in “like“ with each other. Facebook is, and most likely will always be free, putting up with those spammy messages, and in your face Facebook links to sponsors is well worth the return, when that return is chance to mingle with multi millions of potential matches.

Strike a match, and light a fire that will last well beyond the shelf life of the place where the match was found.

Nicholas Jackman loves writing about dating and social media. Follow Nicholas on Twitter here.

A Fiasco-Proof Way For Single Parents to Find Dates

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Single people often complain about not finding enough quality men or women on the planet. You can just imagine how single parents must be feeling. Single parents often have all sorts of fears and hang-ups — bad experience with the ex, age and weight issues, awkwardness in intimate situations, feeling overwhelmed with motherhood/fatherhood.

If you are guilty of these self-sabotaging thoughts, it’s about time you changed your mantra if you hope to attract good people and situations to you. These nagging fears can become a chip on your shoulder, or as some call it, emotional baggage — a real turn off for potential dates. So, toss your fears into the garbage bin,  dust off your low self-esteem, and get into the dating scene.

But where do you start? First, you may want to enlist the help of cyberspace. There are a lot of single people on the Internet looking for love. Joining social networking and dating sites are just some of the ways you can meet new people. Social platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, even YouTube have become an integral way of life, almost second nature for modern singles – just ask any young single guy or girl!

Mobile dating sites are also turning to be a popular vehicle among the lovelorn to find their soul mates. You may also join online communities or support groups for singles.  The idea is to market yourself (not really as bad as it sounds) on the Web as a single, attractive male or female looking for fun romance or a committed relationship.

Don’t limit yourself to the web and mobile dating avenues, however, also make yourself available in the real world. Who knows, the next person you will swap “I dos” with is just two blocks away from where you are now. Join clubs, attend parties and group dates, try to get to know as many people as you can.

No matter how lonely or desperate you get in finding someone to share your life (and household bills) with, don’t neglect your kids. Don’t miss school activities or events just so you can be with your date. It would be better to discuss these boundaries with your date from the get-go.

With all the psychos prowling around, make sure your date will not be a threat to your child’s safety before you take him home. Try to get to know him or her first in a public situation, and only bring your date home with you after he/she has passed this initial stage.

As the two of you become more involved with each other, your date might also want to develop a closer relationship with your kids.  Gradually ease your date into your family by letting him or her join family-oriented activities. A person who is comfortable around your kids definitely earns more brownie points.

 

Hi, and thanks for stopping by our single parent dating article. About the author. Matt Fuller works within various free dating sites and singles chat platforms providing matchmaking alternatives for singles who know how to have fun.

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