There was a time when the number of legitimate dating sites can still be counted on the fingers of one hand, primarily because big data sites still had to jump through technological hurdles and bandwidth limitations, along with the fact that people still don't believe that single dating sites do work and can help them find long term partners.
Times have changed since then, and we are now swimming in hundreds if not thousands of single dating sites on the net, with said sites eventually branching out into different categories and niches. But is online dating really better than its offline counterpart? The answer is yes, and here's why:
People who want to find dates in the real world need to scout potential partners by frequenting places such as bars, clubs, or depending on your preference - supermarkets. This approach costs a lot of money because of the need for fare or gas, and some clubs even have an entrance fee or a minimum order before they even let you stay. More often than not, the cost of a single night out is still more expensive than a half-year subscription to big time dating sites.
Online dating is more efficient than its offline counterpart, since online sites already give you a clear idea of who is looking for a date along with their interests, personality, preference and any other pertinent details. On a nightclub, on the other hand, you have no idea whether that good looking woman is looking for a date or just waiting for his ill-tempered, muscular, and very drunk boyfriend from getting back from the comfort-room.
In real life, once you start entertaining a potential date, chances are you have already provided him with enough sensitive info he can use to stalk you if you if things don't work out between the two of you. Not so with online dating, where phone numbers and house addresses are not required at first. In fact, you can even block people from ever seeing your profile and communicating with you again.
Volume of Potential Dates
A nightclub or a bar can only hold a certain number of people - not all of them single and not all of them willing to give you the time of day. Even the biggest clubs in the world won't give you more than a hundred potential dates. With an online dating site, you have the opportunity to meet thousands of single people at any given time.
Every Person on Your List is Available
Nobody joins a dating site for any reason other than to meet someone. You can avoid embarrassing situations like walking up to someone only to find out that they are taken or simply not interested in meeting people.
Meet Different People
Sometimes, the problem with people who can't find "the right one" is that they keep dating the same types of people, and with such a limited scope, it can be difficult to find a different prospect. This is not the case on the web, where there are no geological - and sometimes even language - barriers present.
Rejection is Easier
Whether you're the one receiving the rejection or the one giving it, it is much easier if happens online due to the impersonal nature of the web. This is big advantage as rejection is usually the thing that damages a person's morale and prevents him or her from ever trying to date again.