Is There an Appropriate Age to Start Dating Online?

Bethany Heinesh Bethany Heinesh • 9/25/14

If you’re 18 years old and are so inclined to begin dating online, go for it, girlfriend. Typically, most Internet matchmaking sites require a minimum age of 18 to join, although most social media sites allow people of all ages to build profiles.

I will suggest that women younger than 25 take advantage of the greatest men-meeting opportunities on the planet. It is during this time of life that women attend college, hang out with old friends from high school and go to the most parties and events. We are social butterflies in our early 20s and there’s rarely a dull moment.

I still say meeting a man through friends is the best way to meet a potential boyfriend because he comes with a recommendation and personal history.  As you get older, you get serious about your career and spend fewer Friday nights on the town, significantly reducing your chances of meeting guys while you’re out and about. I recommend you use this time as a chance to meet a man the traditional way before you try online dating.