It’s nearly the end of January, and 2020 is officially in full swing.
Whatever form it takes—new year’s resolutions, vision boards, or a new attitude on life—most of us have an idea of what we want to accomplish in a new year.
Should online dating be on your list?
Here are some reasons why I personally love online dating:
You meet people you wouldn’t meet otherwise
I was Catholic in a small town with two churches. I thought I knew pretty much everyone Catholic if they were my age.
I had no idea what I would stand to gain from trying online dating in what I thought was such a small pool.
I met a few Catholic men who lived just a few miles away, in the neighboring towns. They were charming men I wouldn’t have had the chance to encounter randomly, but who it turned out were just down the road.
Online dating helps you get to know yourself
Online dating leaves you answering questions that you have never asked yourself.
Whether you’re answering big questions, like how many kids you want, or little questions, like what your favorite toy was growing up, online dating is a great opportunity to discover more about yourself.
That will be a one-way ticket to realizing how awesome you are—and your confidence will start to shine through in new ways with every new match.
Online dating is convenient
Literally anyone log onto an online dating site from anywhere!
Online dating exists in your pocket.
You can date on your lunch break, while you’re on vacation, in line at the grocery store, or anywhere you want.
You’re always just a tap away from a great new conversation and interesting people.
Online dating helps clarify intentions
Especially when we’re talking paid online dating accounts, online dating isn’t just a window shopping experience.
Meeting someone by happenstance at a store leaves me wondering if he was flirting, single, or even from the area.
But when you’re online dating, you can feel confident that the other people are looking for what you’re looking for: connection.
Searching for someone through online dating shouldn’t be a treacherous, downtrodden crawl to the finish line.
It should be a joyful exploration of the many people God created, and a moment of peace when you find the one you were looking for all along.
Now it’s your turn!
Wondering if you should give online dating a try this year?
Answer these questions below honestly to get the juices flowing.
Just keep track of your answers—A, B, or C. Then at the end, browse insights.
How do you like to spend your days?
A. Talking, learning, or out on the town.
B. Exploring both in real life and in my mind.
C. Doing my own thing—it varies from day to day and I like it that way.
How important is routine?
A. I have a more loose interpretation of routine.
B. Eh, I could take it or leave it.
C. Gotta have it.
Do you like to try new things?
A. Absolutely, all the time.
B. Depends on the thing, but typically, yes.
C. Not really. I know what I like.
How do you feel about love?
A. It could always be just around the corner!
B. I feel hopeful, even when it seems evasive (which is often)
C. Love will find me when I’m not looking.
When you hear the term “Online Dating,” what do you feel?
Check your scores
A is for Absolutely!
You seem to have an open mind and heart to new experiences, and online dating is a great way to unpack that itch for exploration.
Meet new people, try new things, and pursue the love God created for you.
Go for it!
If you’re on the fence, try a free membership for a few weeks while you get your toes wet.
Once you’re fully invested, spring for the full, paid membership.
You might find that the more you try, the more open you become.
Sounds like right now, online dating may not be in your interest.
But that doesn’t mean the same will be true for all of 2020.
Whether you’re deciding what you want, praying on your call, or just don’t feel like you’ve got it in you to online date right now, continue to check back in with yourself.
Remember, this is by no means a conclusive, scientifically sound quiz.
If you are excited and determined to try online dating no matter what, check out Catholic Singles!
Because unlike this quiz, we actually do use science to back up our matches.
We take important pieces of who you are and match them up with people we think you’d jive with!