Cosmo guide to online dating
With online dating, at least you know they're all single. Here you have thousands of men, of all looks, ages, jobs and interests to choose from, and a simple like/wink/click with which to signal your interest (way easier than that whole look, look away, look back, is he looking? But online, when you have hundreds of guys asking you out, you'll ignore most (sozzages), reply to several, but only really consider dating a few (in strictly ranked order). You can pre-vet them - Aside from the actually being single thing, you can suss out loads about them before you actually go on a date - from stuff in common (music, films, a love of eggs florentine), to politics and basic values. I like to have a phonecall too, just to make things less awks/work out if they have an annoying laugh/pass the idiot test.
You can multi-date - In fact it's hard to avoid it.
Even if you're not actually seeing two people, you'll still be having chats/texts/looking at pictures of your other potentials, so you don't get too obsessed with one guy.
You're less likely to get too attached too soon, or freak out if he isn't as into you.
Because - aside from knowing how awesome you are anyway - you have a load of other guys telling you this in message format. Phase him out for a while and see what Mr Ph D/Award-winning Playwright has to offer (clue: conversation).
SATSG Laura on the pros and cons For some, online dating is still taboo - something they don't really want to admit to, and will happily concoct a backstory to gloss over, should they actually meet anyone.