How and where did you meet your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend? When I tell people how I met my husband, I am sometimes amazed by the shocked expression on their faces, especially when I tell them that I met my husband on an online dating website.
Online dating has been around for so many years now that it seems odd that hearing that I met my husband on an online dating site would still create reactions of disbelief and shock. What is so bad about meeting and dating someone you met online? What is the big deal about online dating?
Baby boomer online dating, commonly referred to as online dating after 40 or 50 years of age, is on the increase according to statistical reports. I was happily amused to discover so many senior online dating sites that cater to single seniors seeking companionship, activity partners, pen pals or their soulmate for seniors living in the USA, Canada, England, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.
I was curious to find out what the statistics were for online dating to see how many success stories there are of couples who met online that actually lead to marriage, but I was unable to locate trustworthy and reliable results of any real studies done. Then again, a successful online relationship doesn’t have to result in marriage, especially if adult men and women are only looking for friendship and not long-term relationships.
Finding out how many dating sites there are online came as a surprise to me, since there are several hundred online dating websites and many that I had never heard of until now. Some of my friends and acquaintances online and offline met their husband or wife online, and another is hoping to find her future husband online since hearing about my dating experience.
An interesting dating trend I discovered is the number of people who began dating online that actually met on sites like Facebook, Craigslist, Twitter and other social networking websites. I don’t know if people are still creating personal ads in newspaper classifieds anymore in hopes of finding love, but I just don’t see how “free” sites like Craigslist could come close to being ranked anywhere near the top of the list of places to find someone wonderful to date, let alone marry.
Note: It’s just my personal opinion but when I think of free online dating sites where Craigslist might be included in a list of places to find Mr or Ms Right, I tend to add “freakozoid”, “crackpot” and “weirdo” as future last name possibilities for the lovelorn female. If I were to create a list of the most common online dating mistakes women or men make when dating someone online, besides using photos that don’t even come close to looking like the real person, “free” sites like Craigslist would be on that list.
Listen, it shouldn’t matter where you meet someone to fall in love with and get married if marriage is what you want, because there are just as many jerks, jerkettes and morons offline as there are online. In my opinion, the best places to meet single men or women to date are not always at church, the grocery store freezer section, the library or singles bars, and the benefits of online dating far outweigh any possible disadvantages.
Many of the “old-fashioned” dating rules still hold true, and finding a date on an online dating website is an acceptable way for singles to meet their future husband or wife, plus Christian singles can meet and date like-minded men or women on Christian dating sites too. Some online dateing websites are completely free, while others are paid memberships, with many offering free trials for users to decide if dating online meets their needs.
Most Popular Online Dating Web Sites
Chemistry.com is offering three months for the price of one at Chemistry.com and was launched by Match.com in 2006 in order to bring together independent-thinking, confident, diverse singles and individuals that are serious about finding a meaningful relationship. Based on the research of renowned biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher found in the book Why Him Why Her, including the highly popular why him why her free personality test by Dr Fisher, Chemistry.com is dedicated to helping members get the conversation started to determine if there’s Chemistry between couples.
Match.com USA pioneered the Internet dating industry and is the most recognized dating service worldwide. As a leader in the dating industry, Match.com continues to redefine the way single men and single women meet, flirt, date and fall in love, proving time and again that you can make love happen through online dating and that lasting relationships are possible. Match.com: Everyone knows someone who met on Match.com. – I know several people who met on Match and are happily married!
MatchMaker.com is a popular online personals website for more mature audiences, generally people who are 30 years of age or older and are interested in finding long-term, serious relationships and for those who are marriage minded. Yes you can find love again…seriously…at Matchmaker.com because I met my husband on Matchmaker! MatchMaker provides a quality online dating experience, plus an entire suite of communication tools to make a connection, expert dating tips, advice and client success stories like us!
Yahoo! Personals 7 Day FREE Trial offer is a great deal for anyone looking to find love online and if I had known about the Yahoo dating service years ago, I may have considered signing up. This online site helps men and women find compatible dating partners, whether you are wanting just a few brief dates or a long-term relationship. Out of the dating sites mentioned thus far, I would most likely choose one from the top 3 listed above before this one, but it’s still worth a good long look.
eHarmony.com is one of the most popular dating sites online today, with over 20 million registered online users, and registration is simple and easy. The eHarmony member database is an ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse group of individuals of all ages. Popular demographic groups include Christian, Asian, Jewish, 30+, Black, Hispanic and Senior singles. eHarmony offers a free personality test too to help singles find their most compatible matches with their “compatibility matching system”,Â and a recent Harris poll revealed that 239 people a day get married who met on eHarmony!
PerfectMatch.com has an interesting FREE compatibility test for those that love personality tests to find the person they are most compatible with. Perfect Match is recognized as a leading online dating service to find your perfect match for singles looking to find their special someone. Perfect Match has received a lot of high-visibility media coverage on television shows such as Dancing with the Stars, LIVE with Regis and Kelly, Today, Dr Phil, NBC’s Science of Love Special – plus being featured in major motion pictures Must Love Dogs, Failure to Launch and Superman Returns. Remember, online dating for seniors or mature men and women has helped make Perfect Match the best online dating site for senior singles with an incredible Buy 1 Month, Get 1 FREE special offer.
Date.com calls itself the “best free online dating service” that has helped “thousands” of online single girls and guys, men and women, meet other singles who may be looking for friendships, love, romance and marriage. This free dating site was established in 1997 and offers free online personals, plus singles chat rooms, live web video and audio instant messaging. The catchy advertising slogan “Love is waiting so you don’t have to. Join Date.com for free!” seems to be a good fit for anyone wanting to try online dating for free, low cost or on a free trial basis.
So, now you know how I met my husband and that I met him online. How and where did you meet your husband or wife? Do you have an online dating success story to share? Did you meet your husband or wife online?