In the world of online dating, a profile serves as a first impression. The profile is where photos are displayed in all of their glory, glimpses of personality peek through a few typed sentences and eligible singles can get noticed by the almost 50,000,000 people who have tried online dating in the USA.
Online Dating Stories That’ll Have You Believing in Love Again
By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
Online dating gets a lot of flak, and alright, we admit it, there are certainly enough horror stories out there to make you swear off the World Wide Web forever, let alone use it as a tool to find the love of your life. But whether you’re turned off the idea by a bad experience with a website (I bet Kris Woods is laughing now about that time eHarmony matched her up with her own ex husband. No? Well maybe one day) or by a bad date itself, (this charmer brought a life-sized puppet of Kermit along on a first date (because the woman mentioned in passing she liked the Muppet Show) we promise, they aren’t all frogs. Boom boom. #Sorrynotsorry.
So let us help disillusion you of some common online dating misconceptions with the help of some incredible success stories that can make even the harshest cynic believe in the power of love again.
“Finding Love Online Is Time Consuming"
First of all, let’s set the record straight - the whole process of finding love takes way too long in real life compared to online dating. Did you know that the average length of courtship to marriage for couples who meet online is actually only 18.5 months, in comparison to 42 months for those who met offline? You may think it would take less time to let nature take its course, but isn’t that what you’ve been doing up until now, without success?
Eliot and Jasmine’s story: A Whirlwind Romance
We know, sometimes you just feel like the odds are against you. And Nashville native and Digital marketing specialist Jasmine Henry felt just that.
“I have a Master's degree in Computer Science and actually ran an elimination algorithm on my chances of ever finding someone. It's hard to assign actual numbers to dating prospects, but I concluded there were less than 900 men in the entire world I'd even be willing to spend much time with.“
With this depressing number in mind, she literally felt like finding love would be an arduous battle to find a needle in a haystack. Who knew that the next time she logged onto her popular dating app, she would meet Elliot, and seven short weeks later she would be married? “People may think we're absolutely insane, but we're both certain we've found our soulmates.“
“There Are So Many People On These Sites, I’ll Never Find The One“
Well, that’s simply not true. With so many search tools and profile personalization on all top dating sites, it’s actually much easier to find “the one" from a large pool of users.
Zoosk for example, has over 27,000,000 members, and the number is growing every year. Rather than imagine an impossibly large ocean, think about how many fish are swimming in that sea. Stay positive. Plus, with amazing search tools to narrow it down, along with targeted behavioural matchmaking, it’s no wonder that in the following heart-warming story, Heather found love with the first email she received...
Heather and Roland’s Story: Let Fate Take the Reins
Heather signed up to Zoosk in the hope of finding her best friend. Little did she know that her soul mate had signed up less than a day before her! After messaging for a few weeks, he spontaneously invited her out with less than a half hours’ notice. Tired and in last night’s work clothes, she agreed to meet for a coffee. “That was day one of this beautiful journey together. We both adore each other. I couldn’t imagine living without him now.“
“I’m Too Old For All This, Online Dating Is A Young Person’s Game“
Websites such as OurTime would beg to differ. They have literally millions of more mature singles aged 40+ looking to find love again. In fact, CEO Sam Yagan recently commented that “it’s the fastest growing part of the market.
"USnews reports, “45 percent of Americans older than age 65 are divorced, separated or widowed. Meanwhile, a 2013 Pew Research Center study found that 6% of Americans between ages 55 and 64 had used an online dating website or app. That may not sound like much until you consider that only 10% of 18- to 24-year-olds reported using those sites."
Lindsley’s Story: One Last Chance
Lindsley Lowell had spent 5 years online dating, with a variety of successes and failures under her belt, but ultimately no closer to finding The One. On her fortieth birthday, after despairing on the phone to her father that she would be single forever, she decided to give Match.com just “one more month." 2 weeks into that month she met the love of her life, and the rest becomes history.
Still busy kissing those frogs while you wait for your prince? Take a leaf out of Lindsley’s book and turn it to your advantage. She laughs about her experiences now. “I had so many train wreck dates, and [so many] weirdos, whack jobs, losers and players contacting me that I started to record them all and eventually wrote a book about my dating life.“
She is now not only happily coupled up, but also the proud author of My Knight in Shining Armor is Coming...He's Just Stuck in Traffic .
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