The Internet offers vast resources for making connections and meeting new people, which is why online dating has become so popular, says "The Independent." Online dating websites allow you to create a profile and find others looking for love. You can find both free and paid subscription service dating websites, with paid services usually offering more features. Although approaching someone online might reduce your fear of rejection, be conscious and aware of the drawbacks of dating online.
You're Putting Your Information Out There
When you create a profile with a dating website, you are usually required to post a photo and fill out personal information. Unfortunately, that means that anyone who belongs to the website, including people you might know, can view your profile. If you are a private person and don't want others to know you are looking for love, online dating is not the most discreet route. With new humor websites popping up everyday, there's always a chance your online dating profile could be the next hilarious Internet sensation.
What You See Isn't Always What You Get
When you rely on photos and written messages to get to know someone, you have no actual proof that he is who he says he is. One of the No. 1 complaints about online dating is that many people use old, outdated photos that don't really represent what they look like today. People can also lie about their height, weight or pretty much anything they want in an online dating profile.
Meeting someone on the Internet is not the same as meeting someone in person, and you won't be able to evaluate personality based on your gut feeling. When you meet people through mutual friends, at work or in social situations, the fact that they know people you know reassures you that they are not crazy or dangerous. Whenever you agree to meet someone off the Internet in person, you are taking some sort of risk. Meet in a well-lit public place to ensure your physical safety.
The Internet has opened up a world of possibilities for exchanging information and meeting new people, but with that comes the drawback of scams and schemes. Men are particularly prone to Internet dating scams, with foreign women creating profiles to seduce men online. They often ask for money for a plane ticket, and after the money is sent, the women --- or at least their profiles --- disappear. The fact that you never really know who you are talking to online puts you at risk for these types of schemes.