I think online dating is a totally viable way to find a date. Shucks, I know two people who found their husbands via online dating. And they're as happy as happy can be.
In some ways dating websites do all the heavy lifting for you. You can list all of your wants and desires and hope that somebody with a similar list comes your way. Isn't that what we're all ultimately looking for anyway? Compatible people? One of the worst things ever is meeting somebody you're physically attracted to only to realize that you are polar opposites in every conceivable way. You like animals? Too bad because your new boo is an anti-PETA advocate who thinks animals sole purpose on this planet is to look towards humans as God.
Plus, in today's day and age of social networking, online dating sites are not taboo at all. Heck, I think its first resort for a lot of people. There seem to be millions of people taking their chances on line as opposed to getting caught up in the ole bar-and-lounge method of meeting new random people.
And can it work? Of course it can work. Assuming you come across a person who's honest about themselves and you do the same. Oh, and the picture is vital. You're 21 so this might not be an issue for you but you know as people get older they start to fade a little in the looks department so beware of the person who claims to be 37 but their pic looks faintly reminiscent of how they'd look in the early 90s.
Point is, give it a whirl. What do you have to lose? But realize the same games exist by meeting people on-line. It's the same people, you're just meeting them differently.
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