Imagine a world without internet. There would be no emails, no Facebook, no eBay, amongst other things. Even a simple task as booking a flight or a hotel would have to be done over the phone. To think about it… life as we know it would just not be the same. This new day and age has brought us to a point where it’s possible to find virtually anything on the internet, even love.
Yes, online dating has become the new revolutionary way of finding your soul mate (Houran, & Lange, 2004), and it is to no surprise since it’s easy, provides more options and is growing each and every day. Thus romantic relationships have benefited through use of the internet.
The internet has made many things more convenient including online romantic relationships. It’s unnecessary to have to go out to a bar and spend money (that most likely could be spent on more prosperous things than alcoholic beverages) in an attempt to meet the love of your life (Donn, & Sherman, 2002). Online Romantic Relationships allow people to do this for free and from the comfort of their own home. eHarmony is one of the many well renowned online match-makers.
When exploring the site for the first time eHarmony features a free “create your own profile” that is very user friendly. User’s simply fill out an online compatibility questionnaire containing 34 pages of easy to answer questions. Once all the information has been imputed the user effortlessly waits for the completion of their personal profile. Although eHarmony charges a monthly rate of around 49 dollars there are other online-dating services out there that are free of charge such as plentyoffish.com. Once all the information is imputed the user is set to start meeting new singles that may poten.
. face are able to form romantic relationships through online dating services (Buzwell, & Hardie, 2006). More options have also been provided as the internet is world-wide. This gives singles in search of a romantic relationship the opportunity to meet other singles from all over the world. Singles can be matched with other singles through online dating services based on similar traits which gives more options for potential romances. Internet romantic relationships are becoming more common (Pauley, & Sommer, 2007), the media is continuously using online romances as a topic of interest.
The versatility of the internet allows everyone to use it which also contributes to its growing popularity. Although much research is yet to be done on such a current topic, it is apparent that the use of the internet has benefited the building and developing of romantic relationships.