As "Love Week" continues on Daybreak, First dates, friendships and failures in your dating life over the years have molded, and changed, your vision of that ideal mate.
But in recent years, online dating has become a popular way for singles to meet... without having to physically meet. That can be great but the overwhelming number of potential connections out there could lead to setting unreasonably high expectations and focusing on the superficial instead of the substance.
"More information is available to us than ever before... without even really having to have a conversation with someone," says ODU communication professor Dr. Gary Beck. Online dating can make connecting easier. But is it also making people shallow?
"The first thing you're gonna see is someone's picture," says Hampton Roads native Brad Stephenson. He created the online dating site Datebook two years ago, inspired by his own relationship and in hopes of helping others find love. Stephenson goes on to say, "You could be extremely compatible with someone a thousand miles away, and it... opens up those opportunities."
However, according to Dr. Beck, connecting romantically online could also lead to commitment issues.
"They don't want to commit to one and then all these others are now off the table, because those could be good too," says Dr. Beck.
With that in mind, before you start scrolling through those profiles, just remember; all that glitters isn't gold. "And that can be a big indication of why there's no second date," says Dr. Beck.
If you're considering searching for your next love connection on the internet, Stephenson says, "The best approach to online dating is to get online, look for someone you deserve, and don't settle for anything less."
Here are a few more interesting facts about Datebook:
- Members can video chat with each other right on the website
- People from all over the world have joined Datebook
- The majority of its members are in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas
Finally, Datebook is free to join and use! Be sure to check out www.datebook.net, but remember to be realistic in setting your expectations of a potential match.