10 Reasons why you need to stop online dating and get to know your date in real life
19 Mar 2015 at 16:49
1. Pictures don’t necessarily correspond with the person
While you may find someone’s photo attractive it’s a completely different ball game when it comes to face-to-face desirability. Personality, demeanour and overall charisma play a huge role in establishing appeal and without direct contact you simply have no idea if you are compatible with this person.
2. The pheromones just don’t exist online
Experts maintain that smell plays an integral role in building relationships. Described as ‘behaviour altering agents,’ pheromones are chemical scents that have the power to actively change the behaviour of a person and hugely boost attractiveness levels. Don’t let yours go to waste!
3. Avoid disappointing dates
After weeks or months of chatting online you may think that you know the person more than you really do. So the reality of the transition from virtual to face-to-face communication can be disappointing and all sorts of awkward. Keep pre-meet chat to a minimum and you’re more likely to be pleasantly surprised.
4. Online dating can be too superficial
According to the results of our latest survey the majority of London singles believe that many online dating apps are too focussed on looks and forget to shine the spotlight on personality. In fact, 38% believe that personality is equally, if not more important while 52% maintain that they are both important. Just 10% claim that looks alone are the key factor when choosing a partner.
5. You don’t know if there’s real life chemistry
A huge 50% of London singles maintain that real life chemistry is completely different from email chemistry. This is a serious flaw of online dating sites that allow people to spend ages chatting before meeting.
6. You’ll start to feel spoilt for choice
In the virtual world we enjoy a vast amount of options, more than we would in a natural dating environment. This can make online daters extremely picky and very quick to dismiss what could actually be their perfect match.
7. You’re missing the sensory stimuli
The ability to reach out and physically touch your potential partner is integral to magnetism. Think about how electrifying a simple brush of skin can be…
8. Crack the lies
Even the most honest of people have a tendency to lie or stretch the truth on dating profiles. Get to the truth as early as possible by meeting up ASAP.
9. Height is no longer a question mark
While pictures may give an indication of a person’s appearance you won’t be able to get an accurate idea of their height. Height is one of the most commonly lied about features in online dating. So actually standing next to a person and feeling their physical presence is the only way you know for sure.
10. You can turn on the flirtation
It can be fun flirting online, and the tease factor can be turned up, but sometimes the communication is just lost. Jokes and flirty remarks can be easily misunderstood or if you’re unlucky, be taken the wrong way and thought offensive. Flirting in real life is much safer and of course, more authentic and effective as it is mixed with eye contact, chemistry and physical interaction.
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