Pro's and cons online dating

If the idea of matchmaking strikes you as a horribly antiquated concept in the era of online dating, consider this: a recent study from the University of Michigan determined that couples who met online were less likely to forge committed relationships than those who met IRL (that's "in real life" in pre-Internet terms).

Tufvesson insists that she's not completely against more modern methods of seeking out romance but says that if you're looking for a real, genuine love, a steady diet of dating apps and websites can often sideline your relationship goals.

Here's why: One fatal flaw with online dating, says Tufvesson, is that it focuses on matching people based on things they have in common.

Sure, it's important to share passions and beliefs with your partner, but don't overlook the value (and excitement) of meeting someone who has some offbeat interests or comes from a different background.

Tufvesson presents this analogy: "If you drive a BMW and you've driven a BMW since you've had a license, I might say 'I know you like the BMW, but Mercedes has a great new version. '" After all, if you keep seeking out men or women who fit a certain profile without success, why not branch out?

"While you should have some commonalities, you should find someone who complements you," Tufvesson adds.

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