Is The Golden Age Of Online Dating Over?
This is an important question to ask. Online dating was once considered like some kind of revolution in the dating world. It provided many eager singles with a new avenue for dating. It was hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, there is much more to this than it seems, as time passes, more and more people seem to be sceptical and reluctant to see their highly sensitive and very personal details, easily accessed by all and sundry on an internet based profile.
Whilst online dating was once incredibly popular, the trend towards paying online dating sites is declining and the UK’s biggest Online Dater, Cupid Plc announced pre tax losses of £3 million for the year to the 23rd September 2014 and a reduction in paying clients from 113,000 to 48,000 over the 12 months. This is hardly surprising and what it reflects is a growing public dissatisfaction with using a paid online dating site. If you want to use the internet to find partners people are often turning to free sites to do this, which are proving to be tough competition for the paid services to match.
After all, why would you pay to use an online dating site when you can use one of their free competitors, if the end result is going to be much the same? With others wanting to turn away from the internet completely and return to something that offers a safer way of meeting – high quality, traditional Personal Introductions, through companies similar to Attractive Partners.
The alternative for some is the rise and growth of smartphone dating apps like Grindr and Tinder. These offer much more convenience than your typical dating website. They are also fast and incredibly easy to use, and this appeals to a wide variety of people, but mainly teenagers and people in their early twenties, and what happens if you’re older than this?
There is much more to this growing dissatisfaction with paid online dating than what it seems, yes, competition has increased from their free competitors and smartphone apps have increased convenience but there is more to it than this. In recent times there have been numerous problems that members of online dating sites have experienced. This includes all the online dating sites, both the free and paid versions.
There have been well-documented cases where members have met someone who is different to what they portrayed themselves online. There have been significant numbers of cases of fraud – more than £24.5 million in the UK alone in 2013. Then there is also the maligned issue of members’ private details being leaked to the public, something that is a massive concern for many.
This is an issue that is particularly concerning for many members of the public and it’s hardly surprising. Think about it, if you are someone who is in a relatively important position in society, have a career that you care about or are a business owner, then the last thing you want is for your private details to be made public knowledge. It’s these kinds of concerns that have led to a lot of the growing public dissatisfaction with online dating sites. After all, why would anyone use these sites when they are receiving publicity for all the wrong reasons?
What it does mean is that traditional dating methods are still the best option for any eligible singles. Traditional dating, whilst it may prove difficult for some people because it is invaribly more expensive, due to the heavy human element, we feel it still has far more advantages than what your online dating sites can provide you with. Which are largely, confidentiality, knowledge and experience of the market, the security that people you know are not going to stumble across your profile online and the fact that all potential dates, have been interviewed, ID checked, and carefully vetted before being allowed to join.
In our view at the end of the day, you can’t therefore beat traditional, real world dating where you can form connections with like minded people, who have been checked out and verified as genuine. It is in the real world where lasting and authentic connections can be formed, completely away from the internet, with an experienced Personal Matchmaker working with you and guiding you through this jungle that we can see dating can become, every step of the way.
So if you are looking for a special partner, someone who is genuinely single and is looking for a long term and exclusive relationship then Attractive Partners could be for you. Please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you with information, normally within 24 working hours.
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