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What Are the Negative Effects of Online Dating?

By : Written by our website Sep 15, 2021
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While we are enjoying the benefits brought by technology in the age of information, we might also suffer from the attendant problems and risks. Taking online dating as an example, when the internet is facilitating our process of dating and makes it easier for us to find a potential partner, which is especially convenient and suitable for people who are busy or shy, it is also a double-edged sword with negative effects. Therefore, we have outlined some of the most common negative effects of online dating that one should be aware of.

1. You Get Disappointed in Real life


Online dating is a process without face-to-face communication, and all you see is only from a screen. If you are uncertain about how the guy you are dating behaves in real life, much of your relationship depends on your imagination. Chances are that you might overestimate your partner and his/her abilities. It is through talking and doing things together in real life that you can figure out what an individual is. And this is why many of the times when you meet a dating partner from online to offline, you may gradually find that he or she is in effect not the type of person you want.


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2. Unstable Relationships


As the internet has made communication swift, relationships between couples are affected as well. When your communications are only limited to virtual dating apps and websites, you may suddenly lose contact with your partner forever out of no reason after having tasted the sweetness of love for only a couple of days. Moreover, even though you might go from online to offline, a research on dating online performed by Michigan State University revealed some lasting negative effects. According to their results, compared with those who first met in person, couples who start dating online are much more likely to break up in the first year. 


3. Security Issues


When it comes to surfing the internet, security issues have become fairly common, and online dating is not excluded. There can be a lot of misinformation in the profile of the partner you are dating online with, whose actual intention might be cheating you. Therefore, it is of great importance to protect yourself when dating online. Make sure you don’t give him/her your private information such as your email, phone number, and address until you find that the guy is a reliable person. 


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