Welcome back to The Attraction Doctor Experiences with online dating tend to be mixed.
Some people have excellent experiences with online dating that end in satisfying relationships.
Fortunately, the psychological research just happens to have such an analysis.
Finkel and associates (2012) put together an extremely comprehensive review of the literature investigating various aspects of online dating.
The goal of their review was to evaluate whether online dating was 1) fundamentally different from face-to-face dating and 2) was superior.
Results of their assessment indicated that dating online was indeed different from "traditional" dating in a number of ways.
It also provided some superior features and potential problems.
Overall, Finkel and associates (2012) found that online dating differed in three main areas: Pros: Online dating provided individuals with access to many more potential partners than they could often find in their daily lives.This is especially true for individuals interested in partners of a particular type, orientation, lifestyle, or in isolated areas.Cons: The choices of partners can become confusing and overwhelming.Without a clear plan, online daters can get stuck endlessly "shopping" for the perfect partner, rather than actually starting a satisfying relationship.Pros: Many online dating sites offer various types of personality testing and matching.Such matching can help guide individuals toward dating partners who may be more compatible.