For UK singles, dating online has become something of the norm, rather than the refuge for the down and out and desperate that it once was. Even the thought of shelling out fees for upgraded services, giving access to chat rooms and video dating, has not put off the serious single – whether they’re serious about being serious or just want to meet up and have a good time.
And who can blame them? Online dating has improved dramatically over the last four of five years. There are the mainstream players who spend more on advertising than many others take in revenue but, quite often, the pool of fish is just to big for the savvy dating site member. Many smaller dating sites have upped their game and the competition for your membership fee is fierce.
In order to entice the UK dating pool to come to them, dating sites are now offering more value for money than they ever have before. Mobile phones have played a huge part in this revolution, as the trend has shifted with advanced technology for more Brits to spend time online through the face of their handheld than they do behind a PC or laptop screen.
The major benefit of using a mobile with your dating site is that it doesn’t matter about not having a date, per se, before you walk out the front door, if you’re an existing member of a dating community that is hyper-connected via WAP or Wi-Fi. You can spend more time concentrating on yourself, looking your best for a prospective partner who doesn’t know it’s their lucky night yet, and literally leave the dating until you’re on the bus or metro to whichever destination is lucky enough to be hosting your conquest later that evening.
Sign up to the dating site, do a local search to see who’s online datng there and then – some webmasters even provide free SMS, so even if you like the look of someone who’s not online, you can still poke, wink or prod them and they’ll be informed on their mobile that they’ve got new dating site mail.
Whether they choose to open that communiqué or not is a different kettle of fish, obviously, but if they’re an active member of that dating site community there should be little reason not to.
If, perhaps, happy ever after is your dating aim, you may understandably have reservations about meeting up in this off-hand manner; to be fair, perhaps matchmaking sites or those that operate in a very structured way (so that you can check off your list of must-haves and deal-breakers in your own spare time as you flick through profile after profile) are best for you.
Casual dating is what it is and meeting someone off the cuff and mobile phones – especially those that can operate with a GPS platform to let you know that someone from your dating site is in the very room, let alone town – were just made for each other.
So, come on, what are you waiting for? Sign up takes minutes, it’s the beginning of the weekend, don’t hang about. Unless you want to spend all weekend looking through dating site profiles and that be your only satisfaction, of course, wondering what might have been. Don’t just think about it, do it!