Monday, November 28, 2016

How Times have Changed When It Comes to Meeting A Soul Mate by Vivienne Diane Neal

Years ago, if you wanted to meet someone for love, romance or marriage, there were many ways to accomplish this.

My mother, who will turn 92 this year, talked about her dating days. You either met someone through friends, family members, places of worship, at parties, dances or social events, face to face. This is not to say that meeting a man or woman through these channels has disappeared along with the dinosaurs. But if your preferences are to meet someone through these channels today, you would probably be considered ‘old school.’

Then you have the mail-order bride services, matchmaking enterprises, singles’ magazines, and newspapers that became the craze. Of course meeting through these methods was nothing new. Historically, people have met through these various means.

The explosion of online dating has taken meeting people to a whole new level. Today, there are ways to meet or date someone without ever leaving your home. If folks lead a busy life and don’t have the time to actually meet someone through the above-mentioned means, don’t worry; help is on the way.

Before the explosion of the Internet, people did most of their communication on the telephone or through written love letters; now you can demonstrate your true feelings by texting or sexting on cell phones, mobile devices, smartphones, in chat rooms, or on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It all boils down to choices as to how one wishes to meet someone, but until someone comes up with another technique for meeting and dating, online dating, without physically being with someone, will not be going anywhere and will be one of the options for so many lonely people.

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