Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Recession and Dating: There Is Still Hope

I found it really interesting to read that dating is increasing despite the recession. The New York Times reported that online dating sites had a very good last quarter in 2008. I think this shows that there is a sense that romantic connections can resolve practical concerns.

Is this an illusion? Well, sharing some of the trials of difficulties is support and helpful. Of course, there are some people that join online dating sites or date to find a pot of gold! But studies are showing that people are more interested in love itself. Love is seen as therapeutic by most people.

Also, it is certainly less expensive to look online than to do bar hopping or joining some of the offline singles groups that match you up. Online you can also get to know someone via e-mail. I think it's important to go into a lot of detail on the profile and not just make it general. Reading about how someone likes the beach, dogs and watching American Idol does not say a lot. Let someone get to know YOU.

Don't avoid dating due to the fear or spending money. Going to barnes and nobles or borders is a great first date and picking up a chai or hot chocolate is very inexpensive. It is good to be in a public place and to not give out your home address to someone you don't know.

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