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Yes, do it! No, it's still weird!
Debate Score:10
Arguments:9
Total Votes:10
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Is internet dating now, not only socially acceptable, but encouraged?

When strangers ask me about my engagement, the often ask how we met.... and sometimes they even ask if it was over the internet. It wasn't.

But it's weird for me to think that cyber courtship is acceptable these days. I have friends who aren't at all bashful about it! And some that swear by it as the optimal way to select your mate.

So is it successful? Is it the new norm? Is it, now, encouraged to date online? 

Yes, do it!

Side Score: 6
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No, it's still weird!

Side Score: 4

Internet dating keeps unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases down and saves the couple dating a lot of money. Cybersex is the wave of the future ;)

Side: Yes, do it!
1 point

So you got your daughter a netbook for Christmas?.... Didn't think that one through, huh?

Shoulda gone with the pony

Side: Yes, do it!

I didn't think that one through? Explain. I have no idea what you're talking about.

Side: Yes, do it!
1 point

I have friends who have done it with mixed results. I think it's definitely a good way to go, and it will become the normal way to handle dating in the future. OkCupid.com in particular seems to be really well done. Their matching system seems to be quite good. They ask important questions that would not come up in normal conversation, like, "Are you looking for a partner to have children with?" You really don't want to wait until after you're married to start asking questions like that.

As more and more people start using it, the "loser" stigma will fade.

If I were looking for a relationship, I would definitely give it a try.

Side: Yes, do it!
1 point

It's not that I don't accept it, it's just not something I encourage. I would find it weird typing with someone for so long and then meeting them for the first time at some place. Kind of... awkward. I mean, that's if I were to meet you people...

But, I don't really like "meeting" people in general. When ever strangers talk to me, it kind of pisses me off since I really don't want to respond. I find it annoying. I only like meeting people through friends, because I don't really have to focus much attention on the "hi, nice to meet you" shit. I can semi-ignore them as their personality grows on me.

What I'm basically saying here is that I'm a bias.

Side: No, it's still weird!
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When ever strangers talk to me, it kind of pisses me off since I really don't want to respond.

Everyone is a stranger before you get to know them.

I find it annoying. I only like meeting people through friends, because I don't really have to focus much attention on the "hi, nice to meet you" shit. I can semi-ignore them as their personality grows on me.

That's special.

Side: No, it's still weird!

It is so weird. I couldn't be comfortable with or even respect someone who resorted to the Internet for dating. Why not just, like, leave your house and meet people?

My current boyfriend who I've been dating for almost a year (our anniversary is the 27th) I originally met in person once, then got to know via AIM and text. We didn't see each other for several weeks after we originally met, but we became close through electronic means. And when we finally got to meet up again, we started dating.

So the Internet's useful, but meet someone outside of it, for God's sake!

Side: No, it's still weird!