Online dating can help you find that special person you've been looking for. But it also comes with its risks. When meeting people online, it's much easier for them to hide their identity or lie about things such as where they live or what they do for a living. Because online dating can be one of the most reliable ways for you to meet someone, you may want to consider the time-honored tradition of double dating.
Let's take a look at the pros and cons to double dating and why you may want to incorporate it into your dating schedule.
Safer. It's much safer to go on a double date than it is to meet someone on your own. Choose a friend that you can trust to bring along on the date, and meet at a public location such as a restaurant or park.
More Comfortable. A double date can make things a whole lot less awkward. First dates are often uncomfortable because you don't know the person, but having another couple around helps to break the ice. Choose an activity that the group can enjoy together rather than relying on one-on-one communication.
Cheaper. If you're doing a lot of dating these days, it doesn't hurt to save some money. In some instances, double dating can be more cost effective. You can split the cost of a concert, hotel or gas for a road trip, for example.
Less Privacy. If you do happen to really like your date, you're not going to get the privacy you had hoped for on a double date. But don't let that bother you. You can have more alone time with your next date!
Difficulty Making Decisions. The more people that are involved in any group setting, the more difficult it is to make decisions. You may not be able to decide what to do or where to go. This means that the other couple may have fun on the date, while you and your date can't wait till the night is over.
Double dating isn't as popular as it once was, but it's not something that should be ruled out, particularly in the world of online dating. Double dating is a great way for you and a friend to get out of the house and meeting people without compromising your safety. And, there's far less pressure to keep the conversation going. If you're not connected to your date, you can still enjoy some time out. At the very least, you get a new friend in the process.