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How much does Love/Sex Cost?

Putting all things aside….at what cost would you pay to find love and all that may come with it?

Generations before us have meet through personal friends and families that would connect on a general introduction and a friendship or ultimately a partnership or marriage would come out of this introduction. My parents meet through the exchange of photographs who were on different continents before they came together and ultimately married each other. That was an era where families and close friends would match make or bring together couples that would form a strong bond and hopefully would end in marriage.

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Match making has been around for ages where folks would meet and there would never be an exchange of money only gratitude for the introduction of a couple that would in many cases end up in a marriage. Money was never a part of this introduction where folks would meet up and try and have a relationship. There have been instances where a mutual family marriage in joining two people would be good for them and great for the family business…. but generally, the exchanges were done on sincerity and mutual respect and love.

Fast forward to the past ten years or so, where hooking up or meeting someone has become the norm to go virtual and meet someone on the internet. This type of internet dating was always out there, but it wasn’t until COVID-19 hit and the isolation of folks forced more and more to meet up on the internet. The problem with this type of dating is such that it becomes very easy to meet up with whatever you may be looking for…all you need is a computer and an internet connection. Online dating …and yes adult web sites have become very popular which has created an environment where the old fashion way of meeting people no longer in part exists. What was once a world of asking people out on dates and having to work at a relationship now has become as easy as pushing a button and there appears what you desire.

Now, this sounds very tempting, but unfortunately, this type of online love has a price to it. Finding love and possibly a long-term relationship may cost you quite a bit of money….and in some instance’s folks have been scammed and ripped off if you fall into a bad site or someone on the internet that is praying to suck you in. Unfortunately, as these new technologies and sites become available, they also come with a lot of bad folks and corrupt sites that can and have extorted large sums of money from folks. If you need to go on these sites, try and do some research and background checks before you sign up and ultimately put down your credit card information.

Online dating scams happen all the time, each year thousands of folks who are searching for love end up with nothing but a broken heart and an empty wallet. While online dating and social media sites have become increasingly popular tools to find love and friendship, they’ve unfortunately also become popular tools for fraudsters known as romance scammers. These con artists create fake profiles to lure in victims, establish romantic relationships and eventually, extort money.

The national lockdowns, and other restrictions on our social lives, implemented because of the coronavirus outbreak, have meant more people have been seeking companionship online and this has undoubtedly affected the number of reports of fraud. As indicated, be careful before you give out credit information or send cash. When you are online and communicating with someone over a relationship, be leery when they try and get you off that site and onto their own platform. If you are participating through a legitimate site, stay on that platform and do not deviate off and onto other platforms…always proceed with caution especially when you are on these dating sites.

Since COVID-19 swept the world, much has been made – and rightly so of the plights of families facing economic and social upheaval, how co-habituating couples are adapting to sharing a workspace at home, how parents are juggling work with teaching their children math while schools are closed, how people cannot visit their parents or older relatives, even on their deathbeds, for fear of spreading the virus. But for singles who have yet to find partners much less start families, isolation means the loss of that portion of life most young adults count on to forge grown-up friendships and romantic relationships.

On a broad level, online dating users are more likely to describe their overall experience using these platforms in positive rather than negative terms. However, the majority of online daters say it was at least somewhat easy for them to find others that they found physically attractive, shares common interests with, or who seem like someone they would want to meet in person.

l have been told by friend that use these sites, that the downside is that in cases where you thought you were meeting someone that their picture looked like over the internet, when they ultimately meet, that person did not look anywhere near what was sold.

One of the big problems with online dating for women is that, although there are genuine relationship-seeking men on the sites, there are also plenty of guys on there simply looking for sex. While most people would agree that on average men are more eager for sex than women, it seems that many men make the assumption that if a woman has an online dating presence, she’s interested in sleeping with relative strangers. Online dating does represent the convenience of being able to meet others that you possibly never would have otherwise, but women should be aware that they probably will receive rude messaging from a bad group of folks. Cannot stress enough the fact that you need to be very vigilant when it comes to participating on these dating sites.

What’s interesting is that in speaking to many of my friends and acquaintances, the online dating thing is something that is communicated very freely and without any walls. Where once speaking about meeting someone online was kept very secretive or never spoken about, today it is part of the social landscape. Meeting someone online today is more common than you would think….  l believe it is here to stay. Yes, online dating like anything we do has a price and comes with pitfalls, but if you are seeking to find someone, give it a try.

You have nothing to lose …you may find LOVE.

Vince Black/MS

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