Online dating for college

Alexa Johnson

Everything we do these days seems to be online. As college students, the majority of our time is spent on our laptops and cell phones, whether that be researching and writing an exam paper, or texting friends for fun.

With this new technologic era, many people are finding more than their next dress for a date function or history textbook online – they’re finding love. Online dating is often tabooed to be something for older people, or those who just can’t find a date in person. But more and more people that are young and do find dates in person are looking to the web, too. Does that mean that college students should be utilizing online dating as well?

Why you should…

Number one, it’s easy! All you have to do is set up an account, plug in a few of your awesome personality traits and what you’re looking for in a partner and hit sign up. Unfortunately, not every night out at the bar will result in you getting a number. With online dating, you just might.

It’s fun! You know how we all love to stalk our friends’ (and enemies, exes, old high school friends…) online profiles? Online dating is doing just that. It’s like shopping in a catalogue of cuties.

Weed out the serious ones. In real life, people play mind games and it can be a time waster to figure out what your date is really looking for. Read a profile of someone that’s just looking for a one-night-stand and you can easily click ‘next.’

Why you should not…

It’s nothing different than what you’re used to. The same guys or girls your age that are players in real life are players online as well.

It’s shallow. In a way, you really are just scrolling through people saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to their looks or credentials, without even getting to know them. When you meet someone in person, you have to pry their interests and background out of them through dates and conversation. But online, it’s all already out there. It’s like you’re skipping to date number three without even realizing it!

No cute story to tell. When you’re old and gray, it’d be nice to tell your grandkids the hilarious or miraculous story of how you two met. Instead, it’s just, “online.”

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