Online dating has become a part of our culture as quickly and widely accepted as going to the supermarket or catching up with friends. Thanks to its convenience–and faith-based apps like Upward–Christian singles are turning to online dating as an alternative way to meet potential partners. But just because online dating is so popular, does that mean offline dating is obsolete? Nope! Here are the pros and cons of online dating vs. offline dating (and why we think you should do both).
Pros and Cons of Online Dating vs. Offline Dating for Christian Singles
Online Dating Pros
Online dating–or app dating–is a great way to meet people you might not otherwise ever meet. Other pros include:
Being able to connect with someone without having to leave your house
Getting to know someone over messaging before deciding whether or not to meet in person
Having the ability to browse through potential matches quickly and easily
Viewing profiles of people that could present additional compatibility factors
Giving yourself more time to decide your opinion about someone than you would if meeting in person
Additionally, those who opt for online dating can rely on its technological features for safety; for example, some sites offer users the option of verifying their identity before providing private information. The pros of online dating make it an attractive option for Christians looking to find love.
Online Dating Cons
Online dating certainly has its share of drawbacks. For starters, while anyone can make a profile, that doesn't mean they are actually who they say they are online. That’s why it’s so important to put effort into getting to know someone before deciding to meet in person or pursue a relationship. Using video chat to see the person you’re dating online can save you from being catfished, disappointed, or uncomfortable. Always exercise good judgment, keep an open mind, and check in with the Holy Spirit often when meeting new people online.
Offline Dating Pros
Some of the greatest benefits of offline dating are
Getting to know a person in real life and building meaningful connections with them
Being able to observe their body language, personality, and interests in action instead of relying solely on online profiles and messages
Spending quality time with someone offline, which allows for a more authentic connection that transcends any screens or technology
Offline dating is still a great way to meet new people and potentially find your forever match.
Offline Dating Cons
Offline dating has been a traditional way of meeting potential partners, but there are still drawbacks. For starters, it can often feel like a game of chance–you never know what you'll run into when you go out. Additionally, safety is a significant concern when arranging offline dates with strangers because you might not know anything about the person. Additionally, face-to-face dating is generally more costly than online dating–in terms of time and money–making it difficult for some to invest in physical meetups if their schedules are full or wallets are empty.
So, Should You Do Online Dating or Offline Dating as a Christian?
We say keep an open heart and mind to both. Try online dating, and see if you find it enjoyable, fulfilling, and helpful in meeting new people. However, don’t shut yourself off from offline dating, either. Only God knows where you’ll find your next boyfriend, girlfriend, or future spouse. It could be on a Christian dating app or the “old fashion way.” The only way to find out is to be willing to do both on your journey to find love.