What are some pros and cons of online dating services?More and more people are turning to online dating services because of convenience or fear of the traditional dating scenes.

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another pro of online dating is that it takes less time. In our current economy, many people are working longer hours or more than one job. It becomes impossible to have the time or money to meet new people in more traditional ways. People can date online at their convience with little to no expense.

Besides false profiles, another major con to online dating is security concerns. Some online services do not protect people's privacy very well. Some people share too much information on their online profiles. This can lead to problems. Let's say a woman has met a man on an online dating service. She shares that she is going out of town or what time she works everyday. Her companion, or anyone else reading her profile, is able to figure out where she lives and when she isn't home. She may return home one day to find that she has been robbed. Another example along the same line is identity theft. Many profiles display common information like a person's full name and birthdate. With a few more questions, many people's online accounts (like shopping accounts or online banking) can be hacked.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just as with non-dating social networking sites, the ability to quickly and easily find a number of people that you share things in common with is an attractive option for many, especially given the fact that almost everyone works and many have a family to take care of and are starting over in the dating world.  Unfortunately, though, it is difficult to tell who exactly is on the other end of the dating profile, and just like Facebook, people can put forth a dishonest or incomplete profile in search of people to exploit or have extramarital affairs with.  Like anything else online, you just have to exercise caution.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Online dating services claim to be able to find a compatible person for you based on surveys and other information.  I am a little skeptical that a person's life can be summed up in a questionnaire.  However there is nothing scientific about the way most people meet, so the initial meeting does not have to be that special.  The disadvantage is that when you first talk to someone, you don't know how honest the person has been.

chanceward37 | Student

Even with the ease of communication and all the chances available to meet new people it can be hard to find someone special. Many people have successfully turned to a professional matchmaker for help.

Online dating:

The best professional dating sites have matchmaking algorithms which will generate matches for you based on information given on your profile and theirs. This is one of the quickest ways to meet a lot of people with similar interests who want a relationship.

Introduction Agencies:

If you've ever seen advertisements for meet and mingle events or speed dating sessions, there is a chance that it’s planned and organised by an introduction agency. It's more personal than online dating, but the people you meet are random.

Dating Agencies:

A traditional dating agency is always an option for any singles searching for love. Professional staff members make it their goal to put people together, meaning you will have many opportunities to get to know interesting people also using the service.


Dating is a difficult task on your own. Enlisting the services of a professional matchmaker can be a great option if you want to be in full control of your dating life.

udonbutterfly | Student

Online dating although I have never experienced I have know friends of my mother's who has either hated it or did mind it much. Online dating is a great way to broaden a persons dating options however since we do not know the stranger completely things can happen. There was a women who went to go meet a man on craigslist at his house and ended up getting stabbed. It I better to find a mate in already established social circles. Little can go wrong with that. 

melissa1106 | Student

The pros of online dating are that you can find someone that you have many things in common with easily. Another pro is the fact that if you have a busy schedule and do not have the time to find someone , finding someone online can take less than five minutes.

The con's of online dating is that many people can lies about their identity. They may fake some of the things they like, their looks or even their entire life.