Is It Better to Meet Your Partner In Person or Online?

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Let me preface this by saying that I have zero experience in online dating. I do, however, have a lot of experience in meeting people out and about, and it always seem to happen when I least expect it. It seems strange that someone can go online or to a Tinder-esque app to pick out someone according to looks or their perceived set of traits. Between people weeding potential mates out based on whether they have an attractive profile picture and the lies people tell about themselves on their profiles, online dating seems risky. Adults, though, are not kidding around with dating apps in the search for love — the average Tinder user spends 77 minutes a day on the app.

How many people actually lie on their online profiles? More than half. The Huffington Post reported a study of 1,000 single men and women, conducted across the US and the UK by global research agency OpinionMatters, all of whom belong to various leading mainstream dating communities. The results uncovered a shameful excess of dishonesty from people who were supposedly looking to find their true match online. About 53% of American people who were surveyed said they lied in their online dating profiles. Starting off a relationship under any assumption of a lie is bound to go nowhere. And according to these statistics, many of the potential partners you find online are lying about something.

A much better option? Finding your partner the good old-fashioned way. Consider this: How many times in your life have you met a fantastic potential partner when you weren’t searching for someone? I think there is something to this. Maybe the universe speaks to us all and allows us to meet someone when we’re ready or least expect it, rather than when we’re shopping around for that “perfect” person that doesn’t exist.

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A University of Michigan study has shown that a couple is apt to last longer if they meet in person, rather than online. There seems to be some hope in all of this: Numbers show that most people are in fact meeting their partners the good old-fashioned way. One study found that 39% of 2,300 people between the ages of 18 to 34 met their romantic partners through friends, 22% met through unspecified social situations, 18% met through work, 10% met online, and 6% connected on social media.

So, get off your apps and computer and just enjoy life. Once you take the pressure off finding love, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much easier finding your soulmate is. It’s bound to happen when you least expect it. And doesn’t that make it even more worthwhile?

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