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Online dating can happen spontaneously or with intentions. 10 years ago, if you told people you met your partner online you would probably receive a lot of side eyes and criticism but now it seems like the way to go. More and more people are starting to live their lives on social media, depending on it to make new friends, find like-minded people and even find love. Even websites and mobile applications are put in place to help people find their potential partners.
According to Natalie Cowling on Statista, in January of this year, there were over 43,48 million internet users in South Africa, with about 25.8 of these internet users having access to the internet, which is about 43% of the total population. With more people swarming on the internet, they will likely get too familiar with each other. Some even create communities where they share their love for common things such as cooking, pets and many more. It is also proven that many of the young generations have more internet friends compared to real-life friends.
The idea of meeting a person you only know from the internet might have been shocking in the past but today, it is weird to even consider giving a person who does not own a social media account a chance. Even when a person bumps into a potential partner in real life they are most likely to stalk them on social media as a way to get to “know them better”. People depend on social media to know whether a person is single or married, whether they have kids or not, whether they love cats or dogs, and whether they are indoors or outdoors people, also some people share their thoughts on various political issues on their social media that can tell a person whether or not they are willing to give the person a chance.
Online dating can be spontaneous or with intention, some people just happen to meet on the streets of social media, exchange some reactions and comments and the next thing they have exchanged contacts and they are willing to meet each other outside the streets of social media whilst other are get on apps such as Tinder, Badoo with the sole intention of having a partner. As they say, different strokes for different folks.
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