[Sponsored Post] Can Modern Technology Be the Key to Classic Love Stories?

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Recently a CNN article on a new dating app confirmed what online dating enthusiasts already knew. The report stated that “research shows that as society becomes increasingly plugged in, attitudes have shifted positively toward finding love online. Web dating is no longer associated with recluses hiding behind a computer screen. In fact, one in 10 Americans has used an online dating site or app.”

In this day and age, it’s surprising that the notion of online dating would still be taboo to some. For those still trying to find that special someone, and who find the idea of online dating unappealing, other means for doing so include what many people refer to as “the oldefashion way.” They try and meet people through friends, out at a bar, or test their luck with pure happenstance.

But the question remains that if they still find themselves looking by these means, wouldn’t it stand to reason that their past methods have proven to be unsuccessful? Wouldn’t it make the most sense to try something new?

Furthermore, it could stand to reason that if people are looking for the characteristics of a “classic” love story romance, online dating is quickly becoming the most successful way to go about it.

Almost everyone has heard of the 2005 rom-com that left romantic hopefuls week in the knees, Must Love Dogs, with the queen of “late in life romance” Diane Lane and the lovable, slightly damaged and always somewhat-misunderstood John Cusack. The film itself highlights the ups and downs that can come with online dating, but it’s also a perfect example of the romantic love story that everyone is searching for.

Some users end up expressing negativity towards the process after previous bad experiences, a sentiment shared recently on the blog at Adam & Eve. Specifically, the blogger wrote about how frustration can easily come across in some user profiles with what they called “Don’t contact me if” lines. But even those who have tried online dating in the past can look forward to more positive experiences in the future, just as Lane’s character did in the film.

More sites are coming out that are designed to meet user-specific criteria right out of the gate. Instead of throwing your name into the large database of all different types of users, you can start your search on a stronger foundation by using dating sites dedicated to niche groups. ABC News just reported on two sites in particular that could lead users to their own Must Love Dogs storyline, Pets Dating and You Must Love Dogs Dating. They wrote that both sites are helping connect dog owners to potential mates “who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do.” Many of them even encourage users to bring along their canine friends on their first date to help “break the ice or size up canine chemistry.”

Obviously a mutual passion is a much more positive way to start a relationship rather than just having used the same web search as thousands of others. And as more sites realize this, the amount of niche dating sites has grown. Those looking for “the one” can find them on sites for specific hobbies, religions, and passions. There’s even a popular site exclusively for those looking to find a romantic partner in farming titled Farmers Only. Their tagline? City Folks Just Don’t Get It.

It just goes to show that there’s a soul mate out there for everyone, you just have to have your sight set on the right places. Or, in this case, you need to have your search set on the right sites.

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Crystal Ashe is a freelance writer from Seattle, WA specializing in relationship and dating articles. 

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