After a lot of trail and error, here's my unfiltered take. I resisted online dating until the very bitter end. I was never a very good dater to begin with, and the idea of someone judging me the way I judge a pair of shoes I'm debating online seemed chilling. But two years later, I was 40 and had exactly zero dates. So I signed up.
Anyone who's been doing the online dating thing for a while knows that there's hookup culture and then there's long term relationship dating culture. Most online dating sites have a mix of both, and after living with online dating as an increasingly ubiquitous option for the past 20 years, the general public mostly sees dating sites as a super normal means to find casual dates or a hookup. But what if you're looking for a serious relationship that lasts? What if you just don't want to be alone on Valentine's Day ever again? What if you're over casual dating and just want someone consistent to come home to? What if you have no idea where to start? The long-term potential of online dating is still met with a cloud of doubt.
Roast Tinder bios with "6'1", since that matters" all you want, but a good portion of us are goddamn thankful for online dating. Some grandparents and fake deep Twitter still insist that online dating takes away from that raw conversation that can only be had in person. But if you think about it, online dating technically fosters many more face-to-face interactions with people that you probably wouldn't have met otherwise. At any rate, it's a helpful step to mitigate the pressure of meeting someone new, especially for introverts or people following social distancing rules. The modern serendipity that is coming across your soulmate out of millions of profiles is more likely than you think: Two Stanford sociologists found that online dating is officially the most popular way for U.
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