The Pros and Cons of Anonymous Dating

Dec 20, 2012 15:30:52Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

The Pros and Cons of Anonymous Dating

The term "anonymous dating" may sound inherently creepy, but in reality, it's something that many people do safely and successfully. The phrase doesn't have anything to do with concealing one's identity - that would be misleading. Instead, it simply means that you're meeting potential dates for the first time either through a singles matchmaking service or a web-based romance site. There are pros and cons to online dating, most of which have to do with your personal security. Below, we'll go over the ups and downs of anonymous dating, and give you a few pieces of online dating advice for women along the way.

Pro: A Bigger Sea Means More Fish
The idiom "there are plenty of fish in the sea" can be frustrating, especially for people who live in small towns or rural areas. Going online for love can allow you access to hundreds of potential dates you wouldn't meet in real life.

Con: Skipping the First Impression
Of course, the biggest drawback to online dating is that you are forced to skip the first impression. Seeing someone from across the bar can allow you to make a quick assessment of their character and appearance, even if it may not be on the mark. But online, your only option is to analyze their profile - and odds are they've had a heavy hand in manipulating it. That's why it's always important to keep personal information private by using a second phone number and email address on your dating page.

Pro: It Can Be Done at Home
There's nothing quite like snuggling up on the couch with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and perusing an online dating site. You don't have to worry about getting dolled up or awkwardly running into a friend while out with a new romantic interest. What could be better than looking for love in your PJs?

Con: You Miss Out on Social Activities
While it may be fun to surf for love at home, there's something to be said for looking for romance in the real world, too. It can be fun to head to a local bar or coffee shop, hoping to meet the man of your dreams.

There are certainly many more pros and cons to anonymous dating, but what really matters is your own personal attitude. As long as you play it safe, there's no harm in giving it a shot - so why not sign up for a site today?