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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Revealed: 5 things busy professionals hate about online dating

Renee Brown

Online dating and apps are now a part of the package that professional women use to find love, but do they actually work? Whilst online avenues can fast track meeting potential partners, the internet tends to bring out the worst in people. So, before you stop meeting potential partners the old fashioned way, let’s take a look at the reality of what it’s really like to date online:

  1. It can be poor quality 
    For many professionals, online dating experiences can leave you feeling deflated and disappointed with the lack of quality choices to choose from. Successful business women are looking for their equal, and aren’t finding that within online dating forums. They are looking for a certain quality and caliber of match but the problem is that there’s no pre-qualifying or vetting.  The online world is now so accessible anyone can join and partake in the dating game. Unfortunately, this means you have to meet a lot of wrong people before you get to the right ones that resonate with your personal standards, relationship desires, and expectations.

  2. It’s time-consuming
    Trolling literally hundreds of profiles to only come across a few genuine ones takes a lot of time.  For busy professionals, time is not a luxury you have.  Spending valuable time on your phone or computer for hours on end looking and dismissing profile pictures one after the other is time-consuming and exhausting. Let alone the texting and conversing required before you set up a date and actually meet someone face to face.

  3. Confidentiality
    There’s vulnerability when putting yourself online, and uploading your face for all to see is often not a safe option for those with professions that require discretion. Think of those who are Lawyers, Police Officers, or Doctors – online just isn’t the right fit for those that can’t or don’t want to be easily recognised.

  4. Rejection
    Attraction is important, but the fact that your looks are the very first – if not the only thing – you’re judged by is ridiculous. People get pickier and reject others quickly online because there’s so many profiles to choose from and you get the illusion that options are endless.
    Bear in mind that rejected people can quickly turn on you and abuse you for not wanting to meet them. In return you too can be the one left feeling rejected or ghosted.

  5. Fake profile information
    There’s no one policing dating profiles, so you never really know what you’re going to get until you meet someone in person. People lie about the dumbest things, even though they’ll soon be caught out if they meet in real life. Recent studies show around 80 percent of people lie about their height, weight and age online. And how many times have you seen people using flattering photos taken a decade ago only to find they look far different now? And there’s reason to be wary since you’ll never know who you are actually talking to online – including scammers who try to trick the vulnerable into sending money or goods.

With technology forever evolving, online dating is here to stay but for those who want more you can always revert back to the old-fashioned way of meeting genuine people face to face, and connecting at work functions. If the social scene is not your thing and going out feels overwhelming, you can always get help from a dating expert who can match you with quality, pre-qualified people you know share the same intentions and standards. There’s options!


Written by Renee Brown.

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Renee Brown
Renee Brown is a respected matchmaker, relationship coach and founder of Corporate Cupid, which provides personalised dating services for time-poor professionals in Perth and Sydney. With a background in psychology and human behaviour, Renee’s mission is to find love connections by delving into the psychology, behavioural patterns and mindset that prevent singles from finding fulfilling relationships in a digital era. Renee Brown is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine.
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