The Pros & Cons of Online Dating: Should You Try It?

The Social Stigma
Online dating isn’t just for middle-aged divorcees looking for a second shot at love… or just some action.  However, the idea of finding someone on the Internet hasn’t exactly been fully accepted by society, which discourages some collegiettes™ from signing up.
“The one downside to online dating, as far as I can tell, is the stigma that comes along with it. Whenever people ask [my boyfriend and me] about how we met, I typically say we met at a party. I've told my closest friends how we met, but that's it,” Michele said.
However, for the most part, we spend so much of our time glued to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google+ and every other social media website that they essentially do that same thing as a dating website: they connect people with one another.  At the end of the day, if you’ve met someone that you love and who loves you back, there’s no reason to be anything but happy—there should be no shame.
So collegiettes™, have we swayed you into trying out the world of online dating?  Check out the some of our top dating websites to try out!

  • OkCupid: Not only is OkCupid free, but it was also listed in TIME Magazine’s 2007 ‘Top 10 Dating Sites’. The website matches users based on member-created quizzes. As of September 2010, the site has over 3.5 million users.
  • It is free to sign up on Match, but there are restrictions if you are not a registered, paying customer—the monthly fee is $30. However, with 15 millions users, the chance to meet your ‘match’ is significantly higher.
  • Zoosk: Zoosk is the largest socialonline dating community.  Users can access the website through a Facebook application, download it onto their phone or onto the desktop of their computer.  Zoosk is $19.95 a month for a three-month subscription.
  • eHarmony: eHarmony focuses on the science of matching people together.  The company operates eHarmony Labs, a relationship research facility, where they investigate compatibility and publish advice for the site.  eHarmony is $39.95 for a three-month subscription, but also offers a one-week free trial for new members.
  • DateMySchool: DateMySchool specializes in bringing college students together.  It’s absolutely free, and all you need to sign up is an active school e-mail address, which also makes the website safe.