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Does online dating mean youre desperate

I remember the day after, when my flatmate asked me how it went.

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There is a widespread belief that dating sites are filled with dishonest people trying to take advantage of earnest, unsuspecting singles.

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RECENTLY, during a catch up with a long-married former colleague, my dining companion leaned in whispered something in a conspiratorial tone I thought was pretty damn mean. You are quite free to withhold your smug attitudes to online dating, and we'd love you to.

Credit: Shutterstock. More than four and a half million Australians have already tried online dating which is a hell of a lot of so-called 'desperate'.

And, with some of the most famous actors, singers and business leaders the world over also online dating, often with great success, more fool anyone who looks down on this form of introduction. But another great aspect of online dating is you can choose the type of relationship you want, be it committed or casual, with someone with similar desires and goals. A study from Relationships Australia found online dating is the second most preferred way to meet a new partner behind introductions through family and friends.

Those who used the sites commented that the advantages of internet dating include: convenience and ease of access to a large of potential partners — particularly for individuals interested in partners of a specific orientation, lifestyle, or those in isolated areas; the opportunity for determining common interests and chatting before actually meeting face-to-face; the chance to control the seriousness and speed of relationships being sought; and access to the compatibility "matching" profiles of many sites.

I have attended two weddings of couples of who have met online and I know several others de facto or otherwise committed relationships. I have attended two weddings of couples of who have met online and I know several others in de facto or otherwise committed relationships.

One is now happily married to a surgeon, another to a great bloke who has become one of my best mates. Another is looking to move overseas after meeting her fella online simply to have some dinner company while travelling for work.

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Over wine, she told me how she has found love online using the dating app Raya. Explaining she found it hard to find a partner in her circle, or guys only wanted to date her because of the way she looks, she had no issue with applying to the site that is known as celebrity Tinder for its famous members, allegedly including "losers" such as Elijah Woods, Ruby Rose, Matthew Perry, Alexander Wang, Sharon Stone, Zach Braff, Moby, Ben Affleck, Cara Delevingne and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

It is said - be-still-my-thumping-heart - even actor John Cusack uses Raya! None of these were 'left on the shelf' types Homegrown beauty, actress Olympia Valance, certainly does, openly admitting to meeting her now de facto, Essendon player Thomas Bellchambers, on Raya. While Raya might be where you find yourself a famous person, there are apps now that can hook you up with similar types be it by: religion, age, height, hobby, sexuality, profession, music taste, location, ethnicity, disability, body type However, as with traditional mating and relating, online dating does have its downsides.

1. online dating isn’t safe

Always play it safe until trust and respect is built up. Online dating is a lolly shop with so much choice and so, people do move on. And when I turn up with John Cusack at your next dinner party, I wonder just how desperate I will appear then? Think online dating is 'desperate'? Maybe it's you who is outdated.

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