There are times when sites work, with lovely results, writes Marchelle Abrahams. Come on, look on the bright side. But there are the success stories of couples who have met on dating sites and who have gone on to form genuine relationships and even marriage. We chatted to three such couples who met online and have no regrets. Justin was interested in meeting new people and going on real dates, but refused casual hook-ups or flings.
Right from the get-go he came up with a set of rules that included no chatting to people without a profile picture, and never giving out his details straight away.
The two started chatting in and agreed to meet in a public place for their first date. And when it comes to the hows and whys they got together, both laugh before admitting that their relationship first started off as a Tinder fling. Eventually we met up for real. David had one failed marriage and an eight-year relationship behind him.
So the last thing he expected was the likes of Lesley to come sweeping into his life. They give you a list of potential matches and you can choose yes, no or maybe to chat. He gave me a promise ring in , an engagement ring in and we married in And Norma has sage advice for others looking for love online: Finding love online is as easy as honesty, patience and a well-thought-out profile, say dating experts.
Dr Gian Gonzaga, a senior research scientist with eHarmony, says a key component to online dating is patience: Services like eHarmony show you 10 people who you could go out with. The Psychology Of Online Persuasion. She has a few suggestions when it comes to dating apps. Second, if you want the hit or you enjoy the experience of the chase but don't want to be dominated by it, you can limit yourself to for instance 10 swipes a day.