Online dating has both facilitated and complicated communications for those interested in romantic relationships.
“The share of 18-24 year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years,” according to a study published last month by Pew Research Center. “15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.”
Raquel Luciani, who has used an online dating app, said that, “For some people it’s a game, for some others it is more serious.”
Pew states that 62 percent of people agree that online dating allows people to find a better match, because they can get to know a lot more people.
“This generation likes choices, and there are choices available to us and that is why we go online dating,” Luciani said.
Luciani is currently in a relationship with someone she met through a dating app.
“I didn’t think there could be much coming out of it, but I found someone who I can be open with, honest and could have a genuine connection, which I think is really important for any relationship, whether online or not,” Luciani said.
Zach Koym, who tried online dating last year, offered mixed opinions about the experience.
“Online dating is a great way to get out there and meet people,” Koym said. “It is a riskier way of dating, because we are taking a risk in wanting to meet someone based on the judgments of a few details on a profile.”
“I don’t think you can completely meet someone, because you just get a portion of their personality and just a surface connection,” Koym added. “Whenever you get to go on a date with someone you meet online, they might not fulfill the expectations that you had from chatting or texting with that person.”
One the other hand, Luciani believes that, “we have the power to choose who we date. You will meet a person and decide if the relationship is going to go any further and if you don’t like it, it’s okay.”
Pew also reported that 45 percent of online dating users agree that online dating is more dangerous than other ways of meeting people. However, there are those who have a positive outlook and great experiences, even as they recognize the downsides.
“I guess in online dating there is always this doubt and skepticism because there are things that people could be lying about, and it is hard because you can’t really know someone after just a snap-judgment on the appearance of their profile,” Luciani said. “But sometimes if the interests match, you can get to know that person more through conversation.”