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The Balance Act of Dating Friends

So what drive singles to try internet dating instead of the more traditional means of meeting their mates? This article delves into the motives behind finding matches online and comes up with some interesting answers.

One of the issues mentioned are the gray areas that can arise when dating people you meet in "real life." That is, friends, or friends of friends. Problems arise when you date someone who is already your friend. What happens if dating doesn't work out? Do you lose your friend? Do you want to deal with the resulting social awkwardness when you have to break up with a friend you've been dating?

It can be a tricky social situation to navigate. These social issues are largely already resolved in the world of online matchmaking. You already know that a person you meet at a web personals service is interested in finding dates, so you don't have to worry about being too pushy when the object of your affection isn't interested. And, if it doesn't work out, you don't lose a friend as well as a boy or girlfriend.

Of course, some problems remain. It can still be tough to figure out if someone you meet online is single, and that's not to mention all the unpleasant surprises you may encounter when you meet someone in real life that you've only emailed and IM with over the internet. For one thing, it's pretty easy for someone to lie about themselves online. Additionally, it can be hard to figure out exactly what you're getting yourself into when you meet your online partner for a real world date.

For all that, online matchmaking does present real opportunities to meet singles that you wouldn't have met otherwise. Internet personals may have its own set of foibles, but it's still a fun way to meet singles.

Posted by eDatingCentral.com May 11, 2010 11:08 am


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