Why Pay For An Online Dating Site?
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Dating
Internet dating has definitely come of age.
Whereas just a few years ago, anyone that dared to use the Internet
to find a romantic partner, was immediately labeled a geek, loser,
pervert or worse.
People needed time to adapt to this new medium. They needed to
realize, that the Internet, did not just provide anonymity but also a
far wider reach.
Prospects, could now cast their net further than ever before. With
this, came the ability to access a much greater number of potential
Database facilities on computer systems, also enabled the
specification of properties and the character of potential partners
more precisely. All of this could now be done virtually
The only proviso was of course that the data being searched was in fact correct.
And this is where a lot of problems started. Due to the anonymity
of the Internet, one could not be certain of the legitimacy of the data
that had been searched and matched to the entered requirements.
As a matter of fact, people started to make it a hobby to enter
false data, and so deceive potential partners. Some of this resulted in
criminal activities, where meetings were arranged and unsuspecting
people were lured into all types of unsavory and even dangerous
Men posed as women, women as young girls, not to mention age
deception, career embellishment, and physical appearance manipulation.
All this is fairly easy to accomplish with the modern computers that we
have at our disposal.
This brought about strict user guidelines and rules that needed to
be observed for online dating site users. Members found breaking these
rules, were then banned from further use of that site.
Rules however could still be broken, and frequently were totally
ignored. Since a member that had been banned, merely signed up at
another free dating site and carried on as before.
This is where the paid dating sites hold a huge advantage.
Generally the prospective members are screened before being granted a
membership. This alone provides a higher caliber of member.
As the sites charge for their service, the users are definitely
more serious about their aim to find a prospective partner. Furthermore
it tends to keep people adhering to the rules more efficiently and the
online profiles can generally be more relied upon.
As such anyone that is honest and sincere about finding a certain
type of person stands a much better chance using a paid dating service
As with a lot of things in life, free is not always best. Often you
do get what you pay for. When it comes to something as important as
making a future life together with another person, a small expense
should be well worth it, when using paid dating sites.