But, she got some free stuff out of the deal at his expense. With on-line, I can look at her profile and see exactly what she is looking for so I don't need to waste time and money on her, if she's not looking for someone like me. We had nothing to lose by saying honestly, “This is who I am.” It’s been written that a person can say anything online; and you can never know whether he (or she) is as presented. It is possible that, at this age, people possess greater self-insight (i.e., they know themselves better) and have more defined and mature criteria for potential partners than their younger and less experienced selves.For instance, couples who met in high school or college may change drastically and in opposite directions from each other by the time they reach their 30’s.I can also look at her "friends" guys that she accepts as friends on her profile. I suppose, for some, that that is the case; they relish playing a role, pulling wool over unsuspecting eyes. If they're a bunch of scuz-bags, I know to stay away from her. The guy needs to assess the situation, weigh his odds, approach her and if not immediately rebuffed, he needs to impress her, entertain her and spend money on her.
By virtue of being older, online daters may experience this problem to a lesser extent.
Second, online daters are a self-selected group, who decided to invest time, energy, effort, and often money (for paid sites) into finding a romantic partner.
Therefore, their motivation to build satisfying relationships may be higher, leading them to be more committed towards and work harder at their relationships.
Online dating substantially expands the pool of available partners, allowing singles to connect with greater numbers of people, many of whom they wouldn’t have met in their everyday lives.
It can be argued that individuals can make better, more informed choices in a situation where they have lots of diverse options.