Updated: February 24, 2021
Online dating has made it easier than ever to connect with people but it can also lead you to feel unsure about where you stand with someone or what the next step forward is. So how do you work past your online dating fears? The first step is recognizing what your fears are.
1. Fear of the Unknown
For those who are new to online dating, sometimes the scariest part can be navigating this new world and its unique social norms. When do I message someone? How many messages are “normal” to send? When should I ask her out? When you don’t know all the ins and outs it can seem a bit daunting at first.
2. Fear of the Blank Page
We’ve all been there. You sign up for a dating site, you add your picture, and then the next step is an empty box and a prompt to describe yourself. Um… What do I say?! Writing is always hard when you’re starting with a blank page, so start with a few questions you want to answer instead.
3. Fear of Rejection
All daters fear rejection and online daters are no different. Sometimes when you’re sending messages and saying yes to people and not getting any responses, it can feel like nobody is out there. Or maybe you have found someone and you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. This is natural, but like all dating, you’ll never know until you try. Remember other people are taking a chance and putting themselves out there as well.
4. Fear of Moving Offline
According to a PEW Research Study from 2019, 1/3 of people who use online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met online. If you fear meeting people offline, you’re not alone. Making the transition can be tricky to navigate but, just like in real life, at some point you have to ask for the date.
5. Fear of Finding Something Real
So this one may seem a little odd but it’s a big one for any dater… Sometimes you think you know what you want—love, companionship, someone to share your life with—but when you’re faced with the reality of it, you realize it’s a big step. Meeting someone you really care about changes things. Making room for someone in your life means making changes in your life.
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