People hold lots of misconceptions and preconceptions about the idea of online dating. If you have never dated online, or know no-one who has, you may find yourself also holding some of these myths and preconceptions.
Myth 1 – Online Dating is for the Sad and Lonely
The most common myth about dating online is that it’s for sad and lonely people who wouldn’t stand a chance in real world dating, and this is why they have ended up sat in front of the computer. What a load of nonsense! Is all that can be said about this myth! There are 15 million singles in the UK, and more than half of these say that they intend to use an online dating service in the next year – can it be true that more than 8 million people would not stand a chance of dating in the real world! The fact is, that dating online is one of the wisest things to do when you are looking to find love after 40.
When you get past that 40th birthday the opportunity to meet other singles in every day ‘real life’ are just not as large as they were when you were in your 20s, this is just a fact. When you were 20 you were probably going to parties every week, and meeting other singles every day, now you probably find yourself surrounded by people who are already married, or are in a serious relationships. So where is the sensible place to find people in the same romantic position that you are in, why the only answer to that in the 2000s is to look online. It’s time to get over myth number one, and start looking online.
Myth 2 – Online Dating is not suitable for finding a Serious Relationship
Probably the second most common myth about internet dating is that most people that you will find on online dating sites, are only there for a quick fling or worse! It is true that some people abuse online dating sites, and that there are some internet dating sites that are specifically set up for the ‘brief encounter’, this is why it is good to do your research before joining an online dating site. This website has suggestions for the types of sites where you can find people interested only in serious dating. When you do find a dating site that tries only to attract serious daters, you will feel refreshed to see that most people there are probably quite like you honest and sincere.
Myth 3 – Online Dating is not for the Over 40s
The next myth that you are likely to come across, is that online dating isn’t for people over 40. The best way to find out that this myth is completely untrue is to do a quick internet search for ‘dating over 40’ and see how many hundreds of thousands of results come back! Seriously, if you look at any of the online dating services mentioned on this website you will see that all of them have plenty of members over 40, and you will be surprised just how many people a lot older than that can be found dating online!
Myth 4 – Online Dating is for people who know a lot about Computers
Another myth is that you have to be a technical genius to be able to date on-line. If you can switch on a computer and send an e-mail, you probably have all the technical ability that you will need for successful online dating. You may think that everyone who dates online communicates using ‘text speech’ like this: l8rs !-0 xox – whatever that means!! maybe some people do, but rest assured most people communicate using good old-fashioned plain English.
Myth 5 – Online Dating Websites are Full of Freaks
The last myth that you have probably heard is that there are lots of people dating online that are pretending to be someone other than who they are. Unfortunately, just as in real life, some people online do pretend to be someone that they are not. Every so often there are stories of people pretending to be single when they are married, and people telling other lies online dating.
It is impossible to tell if more lies are told in online dating rather than in real world dating. However most reputable online dating services do their very best to make sure that these type of people, once they are found, are very quickly expelled from their site.
If you do come across someone who you feel is abusing the dating site, then you will find that most dating services give you the option to block them from contacting you. It is probably a good idea to inform the site owners of what has been going on – they will be just as upset as you that someone has been abusing their service. So unfortunately this myth has an element of truth in it, but remember, if you use a reputable site for dating, the majority of people that you meet online should be who they say they are.