In the past, many people have included finding a lifetime companion among the list of things they hoped to accomplish during their college years. For a lot of people, it worked out. For others, though, Mr. or Ms. Right just never turned up.
This might explain a new trend in the world of online dating: more college students are signing up and meeting their mates on the internet. While some people might wonder why you’d try to meet people online instead of checking out all the possible dates on campus, there are several convincing reasons behind the rise in online dating among college students.
College is usually a time when you experience your first independent living experience. You’re surrounded by anywhere from hundreds to thousands of other young adults and, depending on where you go to school, you might encounter these people in class, at the dining hall, in your dorm, or anywhere else on campus. And for some students, dating opportunities do come up in these situations.
But for others, college might be the exact opposite of a good dating environment. True, it’s a great place to meet interesting people, but the intellectual setting might be a turn-off for some. Online dating provides a no-pressure dating scene where everybody is on equal footing. You don’t have to worry about paying attention to a lecture or finishing an assignment when you’re browsing a dating site. You can relax and concentrate on being yourself.
Some students turn to online dating sites because they are too busy concentrating on their academic or extra-curricular activities. Nowadays, with the growing pressure to be involved in multiple clubs and organizations on top of academic commitments, work, and career-searching, many college students barely have enough time to sleep — let alone hunt for a date! When your day consists of running between classes, meetings, and other activities (like training, sports practice, or rehearsal), there’s really no time to scope out a date.
Online dating offers busy students the opportunity to create a profile and let the website do all the work. An online profile is viewable 24/7, so even if you’re away from your computer at the moment, people can still learn more about you. And there’s an extra bonus: dating sites aren’t limited by school, so a profile can be seen by students of other schools as well as other people living and working in the same area. This is especially helpful if you go to a smaller school with fewer available dates, or if your school’s demographics (gender ratios, religious affiliation, etc.) don’t match your dating preferences.
Finally, for other students, the usual ways and places for meeting dates just don’t work out. Some people feel strange asking someone out in a classroom setting or approaching a fellow member in a club or organization. And contrary to some stereotypes about wild college life, not every student enjoys the party scene; for those who do, a club, nightclub, or party might not necessarily be the best place to meet romantic partners. An online dating site lets you specify your relationship goals clearly and meet others with similar interests. Online communication is fast and easy, and there’s less chance of hurt feelings or awkwardness.
Today, as busy schedules and full workloads take up much of college students’ time, online dating sites provide an effective means of finding dates with minimal effort. Building an online dating profile takes no more work than creating an account with any social networking site, but the results they provide are often worth it in the end!