Online dating – or finding casual sex online – has existed since chat rooms became popular in the 90s. Even personal classifieds existed before then, allowing strangers to meet for casual dating (or something more serious). But even with the popularity of apps like Tinder, Grindr and OkCupid, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths about those who meet new people online. We’re here to shed some light and encourage everyone to date online with no shame.
Online dating is for desperate people
Absolutely not true! You may live in a small town where you already know everyone, be shy about meeting new people or you’re looking for a specific type of person to be with. Starting out with a more anonymous type of chat and meetup is completely normal.
Online hookups are unsafe
Anonymous casual encounters, in particular, get a bad rap for being dangerous. Of course, there’s always a risk of danger – but many people take smart steps to protect themselves. This includes telling a friend or family member where you’re going, meeting first in a public space and setting up check-in times with a trusted confidant. Also, it’s important to always have safe, consensual sex – whether it’s a hookup or you’re dating.
Online dating started “hook-up culture”
Hook-up culture is not new, and it wasn’t dating apps that made sex chat a popular activity. People have been into hooking up since the beginning of time – in and outside of long-term relationships. In fact, adult chat forums or dating apps can give users more time to negotiate what a hookup looks like – making it safer and more satisfying for all involved.
It’s still all about the looks
If Love is Blind taught us anything, it’s that love – or at least a connection! – can be made without seeing what the other person looks like. Personal dating ads of the past didn’t include photos in the ad, and still often had plenty of respondents. Taking the time to craft a great post for a personals site, instead of relying on looks alone, is important!
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