Is Social Media the New Dating Website?

Author: Michelle Ioannou, The Dating Game

Welcome to 2016 where sliding into your DMs is becoming more and more common.

Whatever happened to the good ‘ole days of meeting someone at a bar? Well those good ‘ole days were replaced with the new good ‘ole days of creating a profile on a dating website. This practice has now become swiping right on someone you thought was attractive on a dating app. But is social media becoming the new Tinder?

I know for a fact I’m not the only female that has had guys (or girls) message them on social media—whether that platform be Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn—yes, LinkedIn, the professional social media; it has happened. In fact, The Knot shares stories of couples who met and fell in love on social media.

Now, is this a bad thing?

I personally don’t think so. Yes, “sliding into DMs” has a negative connotation, or you think of a negative action association with millennials (or worse—the generation after us)—but that doesn’t have to be. For the most part, or at least hopefully, social media channels showcase the true person. Social media is supposed to serve as an extension of the person—as a place for someone to share their voices, passions, love and experiences online. If this is so, then doesn’t it make sense that this would be a great place to look for dating?

Of course, there are many people who believe that just because there’s a screen in front of them that they can say or do whatever they want; in the forms of trolling the Internet, creating drama or unfortunately, catfishing someone. Be smart and be careful—and you should be able to tell the real from the fake.

Now, am I saying to delete Tinder? Or to deactivate your profile? Of course not. What I am saying is to be open-minded. If someone messages you on social media, don’t just laugh and shrug it off. Answer him or her, after looking at the profile and assuring that this person is a real human being, of course. Who knows— it could be the start of a beautiful relationship —whether that relationship be romantic, work related or just a friendship.

Social media may not take the place of dating websites or dating apps anytime soon, but it definitely can be considered a dating resource at the very least. Relationships have started on social networks in the past, so why can’t yours?

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