The app scans through a dozen profiles to connect you with a match. Every day you get additional suggestions of people you could be compatible with.
Depending on your filter options, you only get suggestions for people within your preferred location, age limit, or other factors you singled out.
You are at liberty to contact the face that interests you. You can start a conversation with several of your matches to establish the degree of compatibility with each.
You can also have several adult dating apps at a go. This increases the number of people you meet and the probability of ultimately finding the perfect match.
3. It opens dating opportunities beyond your geographical location
With the lockdown, life can get boring with the continuous “stay at home” slogan.
But, you don’t have to soak in boredom until the last case of COVID-19. The Tinder passport feature option has been made available to all its users.
You can travel the world by changing your location to another state or country and connect with people beyond your borders.
You might be searching for your match in New York, yet they are in Tokyo. The feature increases your visibility.
Online dating has helped people not only to support others in quarantine across the globe but also to establish a casual or serious connection.
4. It gives a glimpse of personality
One of the prominent benefits of online dating is that you get to know people better before you meet them.
The chatting feature enables you to ask questions and interact through messages. It allows you to understand your match’s personality and interests.
You can either pass or pursue if your personality is compatible. With time, you can exchange contacts and take your conversation on other social media platforms to get to know each other.
It minimizes the chances of getting into a relationship only to find out that your date is the exact opposite of what you wanted. Typical of what happens in traditional dating setups.
Also, online dating acts as an icebreaker. You converse and relate before you meet.
When you finally arrange a date after the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s like you’ve known each other already. You are only picking up from where you left.
5. It has great features to enhance your user experience
In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, mainstream online dating sites have integrated more features to enhance their users’ experience.
Bumble for starters has an inbuilt video and voice call. You can initiate a video or voice call to familiarize yourself with another person and know them beyond the text messages.
Plenty of Fish app has also enrolled live streams in several states in the U.S. and is planning to launch the feature globally. There are numerous benefits of online dating.
And, the virtual dating platform is getting better by the day.
Online dating enthusiasts can also take their interaction to zoom or google hangout in cases where the dating app doesn’t offer video or audio calls.
These features may not compensate for the face-to-face hook up, but it’s an impressive way to spice online dating. Besides, video and audio calls are the new normal.
6. It is flexible and convenient
You can access any dating app either on a phone or a desktop. Most people prefer mobile devices because you are mostly with them and can check out your matches from anywhere.
Some of the other benefits of online dating are that you can opt for a free version or subscribe for a premium membership, and unlock exciting features that will give you an added advantage in finding the one.
You are in charge. You choose whom to connect with despite the app’s suggestion. You can start conversations as well as block those who turn out to be a nuisance.
7. It is affordable
Apart from the internet connection and the subscription fee, which is not a must, you don’t have any other expenses. Unlike when getting to know someone offline, where each date translates to Uber fees, movie tickets, or dinner expenses.
I’m not against treating your date. But it makes more sense when you already have background information about the person and at least some interest in knowing them better.
As it is, online dating is here to stay. Statistics indicate that in March 2020, Bumble registered 21%, 23%, and 26% increase in messages sent in Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, respectively.
By now, the numbers have gone up not only in Bumble but also on other online dating sites. The trend will probably continue to rise even after the pandemic owing to the distinct benefits of online dating.
You can’t put all the effort in finding the “one” only to exit the app after the pandemic. Besides, once people are used to online platforms, it is challenging to break the habit.
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Amy Orlando is the founder of online4.love. She has a bachelor's degree (BA) in communication and is a certified online dating expert. Amy works part-time as a marriage and a couple counselor. She loves playing cupid and helping people find the ONE.