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Step 1: Why you should try online dating

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If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’ve already asked yourself the question: ‘should I try online dating?’ Here are six really good reasons why you should:

1. It’s easy to find the kind of person you’re looking for

We often have an idea in our head of what our ideal date would look like, listen to and enjoy doing, but it can be tricky to find them amongst the hundreds of people you come in contact with on a daily basis. In fact, it’s a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.

With online dating you can search for exactly the kind of person you are looking for, then review all of the matches that meet your criteria before deciding whether to contact them, making finding the kind of person you want simple.

If you’re not sure what kind of person you want to meet, some online dating sites (including matchaffinity.com) allow you to take a personality quiz which matches you with compatible members.

2. You can make a great first impression every time

Ever tried to talk to someone you were attracted to, but stumbled over your introduction because you were nervous? Or struggled to start a conversation because you didn’t know what they were interested in? The benefit of online dating is that you can take time to compose your first message and think about exactly what you want to say before pressing the send button.

3. You work too hard

Our work lives are increasingly hectic, meaning more time spent at the office and less time socialising. While this might be great for your career, it can take its toll on your love life, making it difficult to meet new people.
Online dating allows you to search for and message people you’re interested at any time of the day, so you can fit it in around your busy schedule.

4. You find it difficult to meet people

Clubs and bars are great spaces for socialising, but sometimes it’s difficult to pluck up the courage to approach someone new. While it may be easy to determine whether or not you’re physically attracted to someone, it’s almost impossible to know if you’ll have chemistry and shared interests.

On match.com you can search for people with shared interests and who meet your specifications, so you’ll only have to contact the people whose profiles you’re interested in.

With online dating, you can still experience the mystery and excitement that surrounds meeting someone new, as well as those moments of suspense, waiting for them to contact you.

5. Your contact information is kept private

One benefit of online dating is that you can review your matches before contacting any of them, and when you do get in touch you can use the site’s built in features to message them without giving away any personal information, such as your email address or phone number – it’s completely up to you when you give out this information.

If you find that you don’t click with your match, you don’t have to give out your details and you always have the option to politely and privately go your own way.

6. It really works!

Our research (YouGov, Feb 2013) found that one in four relationships now begin online. Read some of our success stories here.

If it sounds like this could be for you, join match.com for free today.

Read the other articles in our '10 steps' series:
- Step 2: Why you should choose match.com
- Step 3: Tips for writing your online dating profile
- Step 4: How to pick the perfect profile picture
- Step 5: Discover who you're really looking for
- Step 6: How to find your match
- Step 7: Getting in touch with your matches
- Step 8: How to respond to your first message
- Step 9: Where to go on your first date together
- Step 10: The first date survival guide

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