Welcome to the verge of 2016. A world where online realities are so real it's called life. We live in a time where you can order decadent desserts, sexy lingerie, adult toys, satin sheets and a hook up conveniently while lounging on the couch.
If you're feeling a little frisky you can have a bit of fun by chatting on platforms like Tinder or flirtfair to fulfill that urge. But is meeting someone online even remotely similar to meeting someone the old-fashion way such as at work, a party or even through friends?
With infinite options in the wide world of web how are we supposed to be authentic?
Is offline dating a thing of the past? With social media masking our true identity, do we become two different people? How is technology impacting our communication levels and does it challenge the way we interact in today's modern society?
Nowadays, instead of standing by the bar and eyeing off the passing talent, we're on our iPhones desperately searching for whose profile picture we're instantly attracted to.
Whether you're looking for a fling or something a little more serious, how you go about the initial introduction has changed. Once upon a time, there was a dating formula. Now it's a digital tangled web of options.
Here are some pros and cons on finding your way through the online-offline dating escapades.
Pro: The options
There's nothing more fun then having several guys fussing over you and giving you the attention. It puts you in the position of power to talk to as many or as few potential candidates without feeling needy. You're in control.
Con: The player
Though like above, the men you are talking to are probably doing the same. They're most likely going on 3-4 dates a week. They may be trying to get to know you only for a good time not a long time.
Pro: The ego boost
Online dating does aid in feeding the ego with flowing compliments. Sometimes a woman just needs to hear that she's amazing and sexy.
Con: The lies
The person on the other end of your online chat could be lying about their height, age, weight, gender and even the fact that they're single.
No matter where you are or what you are doing, dating online is available at your convenience. It's a 24 hour platform where you can start mingling at the am or the pm or anywhere inbetween.
Con: It's time consuming
It's a cluttered world and it can become consuming. You could invest time into a particular person and never really know their true feelings.
In today's digital age, meeting someone traditionally or on the internet is your choice and every experience varies. Either way, eventually a relationship needs to come offline so you can make your digital ways a reality.