There are like a million online dating sites. (Well, that may be an exaggeration). Anyway, the point is there are a lot. To list a few: Plenty of Fish, match.com, eHarmony, ChristianMingle.com, BlackPeopleMeet.com, FarmersOnly.com, AsianDating.com, JapanCupid.com, InterracialMatch.com, and the list goes on and on.
There is literally online dating sites for basically anyone. Singles looking for singles. Singles looking for rich mates. Singles looking for mates in a specific city/state. People looking for mates of a specific race. People looking for mates of a specific religion. Sites for men to meet female inmates. Sites for seniors. Sites for cougars to meet cubs. I think you get the point by now.
There are even sites just for hookups.
Online dating has definitely become a trend in recent years. According to datingtruth.com, you’re likely to see a commercial for a dating site if you watch TV for more than 15 minutes.
With this trend and the interest online dating has gotten, it surprises me that some people hide the fact that they met their mate online.
There is a commercial for BlackPeopleMeet.com that illustrates this point. Every time this couple is asked how they meet, they make up some lavish ‘lie’: bar mitzvah and learning ancient basket weaving in Honduras are some examples.
Maybe they’re ashamed or worried about what other people may think. I, personally, don’t think it’s a big deal. I don’t have an online dating profile nor do I plan on using a online dating site, but I’m not anti-online dating either. I’m indifferent. If you want to use it, that’s on you. I just don’t see the point in hiding it.
I have a friend who recently met a guy online and they have been dating for a couple of months now. And although her mother has invited him to stay at her house, so she can meet him, my friend is really worried about telling her mom that they met online. Why? I don’t know.
No matter where you meet your mate, that question is bound to come up when you introduce your mate to someone or tell someone that you are dating: How did you meet him or her?
Face it… you’re going to be asked, so just tell the truth. It’s not as uncommon today to hear that a couple met online.
Just remember that there are still risks with online dating. So be careful when online dating, but if you are lucky to find someone ‘normal’ and not crazy… embrace your relationship and the online dating site that brought you two together.