Benefits Of Online Dating

Online Dating

6 Benefits of Online Dating from an Expert (Feb. 2024)

Julie Spira

Written by: Julie Spira

Julie Spira

Julie Spira is a leading online dating expert and founder of She’s the bestselling author of "The Perils of Cyber-Dating" and creates irresistible profiles for singles. Follow @JulieSpira or connect on Instagram.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

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If you’re still on the fence about joining an online dating site or installing a dating app on your mobile phone, let me assure you there’s never been a better time to join the world’s largest digital love fest and start swiping.

The month of January and through mid-February is the most active time for new online dating sign-ups. It’s peak season, so you may find yourself lucky in love by Valentine’s Day if you get started now.

Here are the top benefits of dating online and why you should have a digital dating strategy on your calendar this year.

1. It’s a Restart Button on Your Love Life

At the start of every year, many singles take inventory of their love lives and think about new beginnings.

If you’re one to make a list of resolutions after the first of the year, you’re not alone. Research shows that over 50% of adults in the U.S. evaluate the changes they want to make and put them into action every January.

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More people meet through dating sites and apps than ever.

Everyone wants a fresh start and a chance to find a great love, so it’s time to be proactive and push the reset button as you search for a romantic partner.

Joining an online dating site or refreshing your profile with new photos is like having a digital coming out party. Using mobile dating apps is the easiest and most efficient way to meet someone new and enjoy a fresh start.

2. You Date with Intention

To avoid the common online dating burnout, it’s essential to set your intentions and be specific about the type of relationship you truly desire. This means you need to make a list of exactly what you’re looking for as well as a list of dating dealbreakers.

Once you make a list of what’s truly important to you, you can date with a solid intention, spot the red flags more quickly, and find the best matches to help you quickly move on from online daters who aren’t a fit.

By taking inventory of your life and answering thought-provoking questions on dating apps, you can hone in on matches worth your time.

Be true to yourself and concentrate on finding someone with the values and traits that you admire. Also think about the personality characteristics you wouldn’t allow your best friend to tolerate. Focus on what an ideal relationship means to you at this moment in time and determine what your definite dealbreakers are — whether it’s differing politics, smoking habits, or geography.

3. Online Dating Can Heal the Breakup Blues

According to a survey conducted by Yahoo, the month of January is Break Up Month. In fact, twice as many couples split up right after the first of the year as compared to during any other month.

Singles who have kicked last year’s relationships to the curb are more likely to start searching for a better partner proactively. You should do the same, especially if you were a victim of a pre- or post-holiday breakup.

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Trying online dating for the first time is a great way to get over an ex.

It’s easy to create a profile on the fly by using your favorite Instagram or camera roll photos. You can show your authenticity and be up and running in a few minutes.

Remember, no one wants to date a Debbie or Donnie Downer, so don’t write about your breakup in your profile, and make sure remnants of your ex don’t join you on a date with someone new.

Your date doesn’t want to hear the gory details of a relationship that went south, so bashing your ex is an instant turn-off when you meet someone new.

4. Dating Online Helps Combat Loneliness

Are you feeling a little lonely tonight? If so, you’re not alone. A new survey from CIGNA Health shows that 1 in 3 Americans are suffering from loneliness, with numbers continuing to rise year-over-year.

Opening your dating app at nighttime when you may be feeling blue can be an instant ego boost. You can start communicating on the fly with potential dates, chat about the shows you’ve been binge watching, and build an instant rapport to add some joy to your life.

Suddenly, that good morning text from someone you didn’t know a day or two before can lift your spirits — all because you’re actively using a dating app.

5. It’s Easy to Vet Dates

A significant benefit of online dating is its efficiency.

Remember the days when you had to get ready for a date, drive somewhere to meet that date, and spend two hours over drinks and dinner? By the time you got home, you may have spent over three hours of your time on a one-and-done date.

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A video date is a fast and convenient way to assess chemistry.

With vast improvements in video technology and in-app features on Tinder, Match, Hinge, and Bumble, a single person can schedule a 20-minute video date and easily chat with a potential match without leaving home.

If your witty texts result in a great video date, all it took was 20 minutes or so for you to find a new love interest. If you feel zero chemistry with your virtual date, you haven’t wasted several hours and can quickly move on to the next virtual date until you find someone you genuinely connect with.

6. You Can Cast a Wider Net

You’re limiting your options if you confine yourself to only dating people within a limited zip code or those you meet through mutual friends.

Once you join an online dating site or upload your photos to a mobile dating app, your profile is available for the whole wide world to view.

Many couples who have met online weren’t in the same city, state, or even country. Long-distance relationships are on the rise, and meeting a new person outside your social circle is a tremendous benefit of online dating.

I encourage you to expand your search, as conversations are happening globally. Since so many people have been working from home lately anyway, you can count on connecting via live chat or video through any device with the internet. Home can truly be where the heart is.

Your Next Date Could Be Just a Swipe Away

With more time spent at home with your cellphone at your side, it’s easy to open your favorite dating app throughout the day.

Remember to turn on the push notifications to be notified when someone responds to your message, and don’t play the waiting game.

The best benefits of online dating are the low barriers to entry and the opportunity to take an internal deep dive to determine your needs. Your next dream date could be just a swipe away.

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