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One of the things anyone who contemplates joining an online dating site must ask themselves is: Why do I want to join an online dating site? By understanding your own reasons for wanting to join an online personals site you will be in a better position to determine which other dating site members you may have something in common with. It is probably those members who joined for similar reasons!
Why Do People Join Online Dating Sites?
A new television commercial for Match.com called Why Join Match.com? answers the above question in a creative way. By asking several real Match.com members to complete the phrase, "I joined Match because..." this TV advertisement really sheds some light on what motivates people to join their online dating site - and dating sites in general.
Since it is a relatively short TV spot, only a few of the reasons why people join online dating sites can be heard during the commercial. Naturally we've taken it upon ourselves to find out what the top ten reasons for joining an online dating site are. Some of them may surprise you!
Reason #10: I'm a Single Parent
Single parents are at a disadvantage when it comes to going
out and meeting new people. Having to care for a child without the help of
a spouse and hold down a job at the same time leaves little extra time for
finding dates through the more traditional methods, such as going out to
bars or clubs. It goes without saying that single parents are comprising an ever-growing demographic of
the online dating population.
Reason #9: I'm Very Shy
Sometimes it is hard for people who find it difficult to approach strangers and strike up a conversation to meet people face-to-face. By meeting and talking online first, these people can determine whether they feel comfortable enough about each other to eventually meet face-to-face. The computer and the online experience helps alleviate some of the hurdles that these ultra-shy people face.
Reason #8: I'm Divorced
After divorce, sometimes it is difficult for people to get back into the dating scene. Online dating sites provide a less stressful way for divorcees to ease back into dating. Finding other members who may have also gone through a divorce is also relatively easy with all of the search capabilities these sites now have.
Reason #7: I'm Recently Widowed
Losing a spouse is one of the most stressful experiences any man or woman can go through. There is often a long period of grieving followed by loneliness. Since most widows and widowers are generally older men and women, it is unlikely that they will be the type of people who do the nightclub scene. In addition, these men and women may be retired and not have the same social circle they once did making it even tougher to meet someone else. Online dating sites - especially those catering to widows and widower dating - are becoming very popular.
Reason #6: I Need Someone With the Same Interests
Online dating sites make it easy to search large groups of singles to quickly find those members that share common hobbies and interests. The searchable nature of online dating sites is appealing to someone who knows exactly what type of person they are looking for.
Reason #5: I'm Into Looks
We can't say that everyone who joins an online dating site is only into looks, but the fact that most sites require members to post photos of themselves kind of says it all. Initial attraction is one of the first things that most new couples say they have in common. Most sites make it easy to browse members photos foe free. Just check out some of the newest photos of Perfectmatch members.
Reason #4: I'm New to the Area
People move all of the time. Whether it's because of work or for personal reasons, there are always new, single men and women in any area. These men and women often find that the easiest way to meet new singles is through the use of online dating sites like Perfectmatch.com.
Reason #3: I Work All the Time
It seems like Americans are now working more and longer hours than ever before. Individuals with demanding careers aren't always able to find the free time to go out and meet other singles. Unless they want to date someone from their workplace, these career-minded individuals often find that online dating sites provide the best and most convenient way to meet singles for dating.
Reason #2: I Got Tired of the Bar Scene
Before the proliferation of online dating sites like blank and blank, people found that the most convenient way to meet other singles was through the 'bar scene'. These men and women would traditionally meet at various bars, clubs, and other nightlife type places. Going out several nights per week or every weekend can be exhausting and sometimes the ideal person for you just may simply not be at these types of places.
Reason #1: I'm Lonely
This is probably no surprise to anyone reading this, but the most common reason why people join online dating sites is because they're lonely and online matchmaking sites have proven to be one of the fastest and most convenient ways to meet new people.
Now that you know the top ten reasons for joining an online dating site, ask yourself whether any of the reasons above sounds familiar. The next step to take is to join an online dating site to see which other members joined for the same reason you did. Now wouldn't that be an interesting topic for further conversation?
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