Is online dating the new frontier?

Koryen Harper

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Finding love is never easy, and the dating process can often be a lonely, frustrating experience full of rejection and uncertainty.

Technology has tried to make the process as painless as possible with online dating that lets you search for romance from the comfort of your own home.

Online dating pursuers are able to connect with others through profile pictures and messages. People are able to connect mentally rather than a lustful experience.

“I am attracted to a girl who can really move her body, is attractive, smart, and has a lot going for her,” said David Mitchell, 27, criminal justice major.

A random handful of students at San Jose City College were asked what they look for in a partner, and most replied with physical characteristics. Online dating takes all the physicality out of the interaction and makes you dive deep into understanding the person you are connecting with.

According to an online publication, The Real Truth, traditional dating was gradually overtaken by the high school “going steady/boyfriend-girlfriend” approach over the decades. Those who did not find a romantic counterpart through this way would often be initiated into the bar/nightclub scene. If that does not produce results for love, people nowadays turn to technology.

Singles who are shy, busy or have no time to be present in the singles’ scene by going to social events or singles bars turn to technology to find love, according to the online publication, “Reasons Why Some Singles Choose Internet Dating than Traditional Dating.”

Traditional dating, where you would meet someone out at a social gathering and have the courage to go approach a person, is easy for certain people, but not everyone. Fear is a common factor that keeps many from ever attempting to build relations.

When you are using Internet dating services, you must be responsible for your own actions, and consider safety risks as well. You are using your precious time, so avoid talking to creepy singles.

“There is no one-size fits all formula.” According to the article published in the Huffington Post, “Online dating vs. Offline Dating Pros and Cons, “each person’s relationship goals may differ from others, know that from hook-ups to marriage proposals, there’s a site and way for everyone.”