And it would be a challenge if these options were exhausted and they were yet to meet someone or if the single person was not extroverted enough to easily strike up a conversation with someone they had just met.Lim says it has never been easier to start connecting with people around the world because singles now have a lot of options, and online dating allows people to get to know other singles that they otherwise may not ever meet.“Online dating may be convenient, but it can be frustrating because you never know whether the person you’re talking to is really who they claim to be.“With Lunch Actually, which is an offline service, clients can feel safe and secure because we meet and screen each member and verify their identities before we sign them up and send them on dates.“One reason many singles like our service is because they enjoy privacy and confidentiality.“Other than their dating consultant and their date, nobody else needs to know that they have signed up with a dating service.“On the other hand, with online matchmaking sites, you often have to put up your photo and profile for all to see.”A survey found that online dating platforms Malaysia Social, Malaysian Cupid and Tinder were the favourites in Malaysia, all scoring among the highest for fame and respectability.Some people like it because it’s convenient.“Online dating also has its challenges.
Of the three platforms, Malaysia Social has the best reputation among those who have used online dating services, with 37 per cent saying it is considered respectable.
Q: In your view as a marriage counsellor, what forms the basis of a good relationship?
A: The basis of any good relationship is the same: respect, trust and communication.
As for finding a life partner, people find their soulmates in many situations, why not online dating?
We just have to be careful and smart about connecting with strangers online.