Monday, June 22, 2009
Free Internet Dating - the Pros and Cons
If you are thinking that you have to pay hundreds of dollars in order to partake in internet dating, think again. Free internet dating is all the rage and there are dozens of sites that will allow you to sign up and begin meeting people for absolutely no charge.
There are pros and cons to free online dating. The negatives are as follows:
Anyone can join
This means that anyone can join - married people, felons, etc. Because the site is free, there is no check as to who can join. While other sites promise to prosecute those who say they are single and are married, free internet dating means you have to take your chances.
However, you pretty much have to take your chances with any of the dating sites. Those that promise to screen out felons and married people can do little more than promise. Anyone can sign up with another name if they so choose. Because you do not have a false sense of security with free online dating, you are probably safer using one of these sites than a paid site that promises to screen people.
People tend to have little money
There is a conception that people who join a free internet dating site have little or no money. However, this is not necessarily true. Some people do not want to waste their money on a paid site when they can get the same thing for free. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that anyone who you meet on a paid site is going to be a millionaire.
The pros to joining a free internet dating site are as follows:
No hounding by the site
Because you are not putting down any money, you do not have to worry about being hounded to death by the site that will not want you to escape from their clutches once the time period ends. People who have met someone they liked, left the dating site and gotten married are often still pestered to re join the dating site. Why? Because their membership means revenue for the site. As a free internet dating site gets no revenue if you join or quit, they will never pester you to join the site.
No hidden fees
Beware of the hidden fees in some paid dating sites. They tell you that you can cancel your membership on the first day of the month but then bill you ten days prior. When you go to cancel, they tell you that you are signed up for another 20 days so you might as well not cancel yet and enjoy the site. They hope you will forget to cancel in time so they can continue to bill your credit card. You have no such problem with a free internet dating site.
You will meet the same type of people on a free internet dating site as you will on a paid internet dating site. You just have to be yourself and enjoy meeting new people and you will find someone who you like and who also likes you.