Personal ads used to be considered something dark, sinister and pathetic. Dating sites used to be a place to visit only when you are bored and want to browse over desperadoes and undesirables. There was an undeniable stigma to online dating that had been affecting its effectiveness as a social networking tool. Thank goodness those days are over.
Online dating has had a slow start but it has now been propelled to the mainstream of the singles dating scene. It has outgrown its negative image of catering only to people who have no other chance of succeeding in dating. Now, you'll find scores of people using the online dating route to meet friends and long-term partners.
Just as the number of online daters and the number of online dating sites have increased, so did the specialization of these sites. There are now online dating sites for people of a specific religious faith. There are Jewish dating sites, Christian dating sites, Catholic dating sites, and variations of these sites.
The Appeal of Online Dating
You may very well wonder why Catholics or Jews or Christians are flocking to online dating sites. There are many reasons for this development and the two most important reasons are the following:
1) Friends and Networking
Online dating has given people of a certain religious faith a way to communicate with others who have the same spiritual beliefs. Online dating is a convenient way to connect with other people whom you know will welcome talk about religion. Through online chatting, you can discuss and debate dogma with other people. Through online dating, you can seek help for your church and spread awareness about your missionary work or your religious seminars and other events.
Online dating is specifically helpful if you are new to a certain town, city or state. If you wish to immediately have new friends, you can visit an online dating site that specifically provides networking services for people of your religion. This way, you can gain entry to the local chapter of your church, you will have people to help introduce you around your new community, and you will gain instant friends and acquaintances.
2) Lifetime Partners
Some people believe that to coexist and have a happy marriage or relationship, two persons have to believe the same things. More importantly, some people believe that having the same spiritual values can give a relationship better odds of survival.
Online dating removes religion from the picture. Joining an online dating site that caters to your specific faith is an assurance that you will only date people who hold the same spiritual convictions that you do. You can even narrow your search further to believers in your immediate locality. You can also limit your choice to a certain sect or denomination. You have ultimate control about whom you will meet and whom you'll date. Moreover, through online dating, you can get to know the other person through emailing and chatting so that you can be sure that the other person really does believe what he or she professes to believe.