We definitely promote dating your spouse but before you have a spouse, there is a process of dating before marriage. The dating game is totally different nowadays than when I was in the single life; however, Match.com had the vision 20 years ago to make dating a pleasant experience.
With the way life is setup, people are busier and have little to no time to vet a potential boyfriend or girlfriend. But do you give up on dating and hopefully meet the person you will spend the rest of life with?
There are many avenues you can take to meet that special someone. I was truly surprise to learn recently that online dating is not a new fad of a few years but that Match.com has been around for 20 years.
Match.com has proven that online dating can be a terrific vehicle for providing you with options without having to leave your home.
In the last 20 years..
· More than 125 million people have joined Match
· Match has created more than a quarter of a billion matches
· Match users have sent more than 4 billion winks and emails
· More than 20 million people have used Match through a mobile device
· Match has created more than 10 million relationships
· Match has “made” more than 1 million babies
I know, I know this info is unbelievable and just how safe is dating online? Great question. I had the same reservations as you when I heard about online dating & Match.com turning 20. Well with anything you must take precautions. There are dangers everywhere but Match.com has plenty of success stories. I had the pleasure of reading an interview with Match.com first success couple, Bill & Freddi. Here is a snippet of their interview:
Q: Tell us how you initially met on Match.
Freddi: Well, after ending a 5-year relationship, a friend told me I had to go on Match and meet someone my age and eventually think about getting married again. I met many men and was just about ready to give up before I saw Bill’s profile. He was exactly what I was looking for: Jewish, about 5’10, gray hair and a hairy chest. Ha!
Q: Tell us about your first date.
Freddi: We emailed and spoke on the phone for about a week or so, then made a date for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. He wanted to impress me so he ordered the lobster. When the check came, he was $5 short so he had to borrow it from me. As we walked out, he said he would like to see me again so he could give me my $5 back. We quickly planned our second date for Sunday.
I tried to cancel our second date after I decided to get a perm (bad decision), but he wouldn’t budge! When he came to pick me up for dinner, I greeted him at the door with a paper bag over my head with the eyes, nose and mouth cut out. He laughed and loved it and that was it! It was a done deal.
Q: Tell us your engagement story.
Freddi: We dated for 1.5 years and he moved in for another 1.5 years. He had asked me to marry him many times throughout our relationship, but I just wasn’t ready. Once I was ready though, it was an easy “YES!” I’ve kissed a lot of frogs along the way to finding my prince.
Q: Tell us about your wedding.
Freddi: We got married on January 1, 2000. We picked a date we figured we could remember as we got older. We had around 60 people, a Chuppah and a Rabbi performing the wedding.
Q: What is life like today with each other?
Freddi: We each have our own individual passions. Bill loves music and I play a lot of competitive Bridge and do volunteer work. We enjoy cruises, and I’m actually hired by many cruise lines to run their
Bridge program onboard. We both love sushi and movies. My typical day is teaching Bridge, playing Bridge, and being a travel agent. We are both very avid LA Dodgers fans and watch all of the Dodgers games.
Bill: I prefer staying at home now, listening to music and taking care of things, as I traveled much of the world for work and pleasure for 30 years. I’m an advocate for all things green and more. I also fill in at the Bridge club when needed.
I was really impressed with this story so I polled my community to see if any of my followers meet online and got married. I was truly surprised by the response. This is definitely a more common practice than you know.
SDMS: Why did you decide to try online dating?
Al: My line of work no contact with women. Online had a large variety to choose from.
Val: Wasn’t meeting anyone (through work or my circle of friends), so I figured I’d give it a try.
SDMS: How long did you date virtually before meeting in person?
Al: We didn’t date before meeting. Set a date to meet and she ain’t left yet! (laughing)
Val: We didn’t date virtually
SDMS: How long after meeting online did you guys decide to get married.
Al: 3 days
Val: Well, I say it was more like 4 months in that I told him that we would not be just living together. (He was given a time frame to pop the question) my attention span was only so long.
SDMS: What advice do you have for others thinking about online dating?
Al: Enjoy it. Be careful and check out the family.
Val: Proceed with caution and an open mind. Enjoy the experience and be careful. If you are meeting them somewhere make sure its a public place and be sure to tell a friend or family member where you are going and with whom. Be sure to follow your instincts and that gut feeling.
Al and Val have been married for 5.5 years. Congrats to them and all the couples that met online and have a happy, healthy strong marriage!
Online Dating In the next 20 years…
· 2 out of 3 relationships and more than half of all marriages will begin online
· The single population will nearly double
If you don’t have time to date the traditional way or even tired of meeting duds, give online dating a try. Match.com has a proven system of matching people with their life partner. Please take the advice of Al & Val and be cautious, aware but enjoy the journey of dating and finding your life partner.
I have shared two success stories of online dating, have you dated online? If so, share your experience in the comments.
This post is Sponsored by Match.com; however, all opinions are solely mines.