And to top it off, when you attempted to return to your ‘seedy little stomping ground’, after waiting for fifteen minutes to re-connect via dial-up, you were apt to find a nasty little virus had crippled your 64kb of RAM via a pop-up ad, thus requiring a trip to PC World and praying that the ‘tech-guys’ didn’t check your cache and discover what you’d been up to.
By the frosty reception when you returned, some seven days later, you knew that you’d been sussed.
Thankfully, looking for love on line no longer has this stigma attached and is, like bingo, one of the en vogue ways to spend your browsing time. In fact, if you have not frequented at least one free online dating agency, your peers will probably emphatically encourage you to do so.
Yeah, Bingo – what next? Cougar dating sites? Enough said…
So, what has happened to bring online personal sites out of the gutter, well, into your gutter, technically speaking?
A recent report dispels some of the myths that diehards still see haunting the world of online matchmaking and offers some explanation as to how finding your perfect partner on line is suddenly the fashionable thing to do.
In a nutshell, social media has broke down many of the barriers inherent to meeting people on line. A friend may have recommended you join them on their site; before you know it, you’re conversing with their friends, either ‘following’ them, actually ‘liking’ them or joining ‘circles’ of other online users with similar interests to yours, including dating forums and chat rooms.
It seems only natural, then, that this online relationship is taken a stage further. Whereas, previously, you may be talking very much on a one to one basis, there is definitely more of a community feel nowadays, offering a greater sense of protection, than in years gone by.
Especially with greater verification methods, such as tru.ly’s new app, currently in beta in the US, which draws on government records to avoid any falsification of dating profile information.
Expectations are also different; even though online dating accounts for a larger proportion of marriages than ever, such sites are often used for casual relationships, too.
So, what’s stopping you? Join the e-love-ution evolution – before all the good ones become extinct!