One of the best parts about online dating is that it eliminates all that awkward tension, pressure and nervousness.
You can strike up a conversation with someone you’re interested in without letting all the excuses that would normally hold you back, stop you. Online dating throws all of those excuses out the window because every dating site has you fill out a profile when you join so you have tons of things that you can use to start a conversation.
Here are five reasons to give Online dating a red hot go!
It’s Easier to Meet New People
Online dating gives you a quick alternative and introduces you to loads of single people in your area that you may have never met otherwise. Not only that, but you know that they are ALL actually out there looking for someone. That means you don’t have to run the risk of approaching someone who’s already taken and get rejected.
It also makes the process of meeting people much easier and a lot less nerve-wrecking.
Online Dating Saves Time
Everyone is busy and it can be really hard to find time to go out and meet new people. Online dating gives you the opportunity to meet new people at your convenience. When responsibilities pile up at work or home, it’s easy to be consumed by everything going on and put your social life on hold, not to mention your dating life.
Thanks to online dating, you no longer have to do that. You can set up a profile on a dating site and browse around and answer emails whenever you have some spare time on your hands. You can do it early in the morning, late at night or even during your lunch hour. It really doesn’t matter.
Online Dating Helps You Meet Like-Minded People
The best part about online dating, many people say, is that you can get a pretty good idea of whether you’d actually have a connection with someone before meeting them. Your online profile gives you an opportunity to express yourself, what you’re all about and what you’re looking for.
Online Dating Allows You to Avoid the Bar and Club Scene
Online dating gives you an alternative way to meet new people outside of the typical bar and club scene. So if you secretly dread going out to loud bars and clubs on the weekends, online dating may just be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Online Dating Sites Save You Money
Not only will online dating save you money but it’s actually dirt cheap compared to every other form of dating.
Now I’ve personally never been to a singles dinner or a speed dating event but I have friends who have and I’ve heard that they range anywhere from $60 to $100 dollars a night. And that’s just one night. What if you don’t meet anyone you really connected with that night? Are you going to drop another hundred bucks the next weekend?
Or perhaps you’ll just go out to a bar or a club another night and buy a bunch of overpriced ten-dollar drinks. With this in mind, you can actually save money with online dating.
You can get a membership to a dating site for less than what you’d normally spend on one night out. Many even have free trial periods.
So which Australian online dating site is the best to use?
eHarmony is an online dating website designed specifically to match single men and women with each other for long-term relationships. I like that they can match you by age and your area. They have a dedicated area for seniors. The way they match couples is all science-based and are so successful they have patented the technology. 11,000 members have married through meeting on eHarmony.
Recommended for: Anyone looking for a serious relationship, marriage and children.
Another one of the reputable, larger firms in Australia. Has a good selection process and is strict on members. However, it does cost to speak to people and this can really add up!
Recommended for: 25 – 35 years looking for serious relationships
Plenty of Fish (POF) Has over 3 million active daily users worldwide on POF, and offer free messages. It has a bit of a reputation of being a tad seedy though…. But hey, if seedy is your thing, this is the place for you!
Recommended for: 35 – 50-year-olds looking for hook-ups
Swindr is where to go for alternative lifestyle dating. Into Swinging? Want to meet other couples that are interested in ‘Saucing Up’ their marriage. Then Swindr is the App for you. It finds other like-minded people in your area for meet-ups and more.
Recommended for: Married Couples and Long Termers that Want to Spice Up the Relationship
The leading dating website for gay, bi, and curious men. It is a men’s online dating site. Gay men need love too!
Recommended for: All men looking for love!
6. OK Cupid
OK, Cupid isn’t Australian based but does have singles from all over the world and a serious following here in the great land of Oz. It really tries to focus on the personality of singles, shying away from people choosing others just for looks. Best of all – it is totally FREE!!!!
Recommended for: 18 – 30 year old singles looking for serious relationships.
Zoosk was named the best dating App of 2016. This matchmaking site is known for personalisation and matches you to your ‘perfect match’ through an algorithm which is said to deliver better matches in real time. It is also available in 80 different countries and has been translated into 80 languages. So if there is a soulmate in the world – they will hopefully find that match for you.
Recommended for: 20 – 30-year-olds looking for serious relationships
Oasis claims to be Australia’s Number 1 Free Dating Site, with 100% free to contact and chat with other members. It has over 1.6 million members and is focused on the younger more ‘upwardly mobile’ set.
Recommended for: 18 – 30 year olds
Adult Matchmaker is Australia’s largest online adult dating site for singles & couples looking for love or something a little bit naughty! They have cheeky adult personals, webcam chat rooms and seek to hook up like-minded members looking for casual sex. Free to join.
Recommend for: Couples looking for other couples (yep, swingers)
For the over 40’s set – a very old-fashioned, easy to use website that seems priced well. It is free to join, but to access all additional features, you will need to become a full member.
Recommend for: Over 40’s looking for companionship and long-term relationships.
11. Elite Singles
For the fancy set. Choice rates it highly as a reputable website. Elite Singles use a ‘Smart Profiling System’ to give you the best match possible
Recommended for: Educated 30+ year olds looking for serious relationships.
Tinder is a ‘Location Based’ App that matches you with people nearby. By swiping left (for no) or right (for yes) – the app will match couples that both swiped right. Tinder has received some bad press in the past, more for the 18 – 25 market.
Recommended for: 18 – 24-year-olds looking for hook-ups.
Other Dating Websites or Apps to Consider:
Coffee Meets Bagel is an App that has been around since 2012. This App focuses on the fact that Men and Women approach dating in very different ways. There is a #ladies choice function which gives women more control of their dating experience.
Recommended for: Women
Bumble is similar to Tinder in that it is a location-based App that you swipe left or right. The best thing about Bumble, as opposed to Tinder, is that you don’t just have to use it to find a date, if you just want to find a new friend, grow your social network or just meet someone for coffee, then this is for you!
Recommended for: 18 – 24-year-olds
Happn is an App that finds the people you have met down the cafe, passed in the street or met once at a work function. Once the Happn App has been downloaded, and you meet another member of Happn, it will ask you if you want to cross paths with them again.
Recommended for: 18 – 24 year olds