Bring honesty: When it comes to online dating, there is an element of risk because of the ease and draw of re-creating one’s self.

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Statistics show that almost 1/3 of couples getting married in this generation have met their significant other by way of the internet.

There is no denying that our world has changed drastically over the past decade, and we are now immersed in a culture that is rooted in the internet and social media.

One couple I recently read about even exchanged their vows via the web.

I’ve noticed that people tend to have a minor panic attack when they entertain the idea of a online dating.

It’s as though “online” is code for “Dating someone who lives far away and is actually living a double life while I am over here clueless”. Or are you just setting yourself up for heart-break?

Fears of cheating, dishonesty, and vulnerability begin to creep into the picture. With the rise of social media and technology-driven interactions, I get a lot of questions concerning the topic of online dating relationships.

Insecurities, worries, and doubts begin filling the imagination; paranoia that you’re being played like an episode of . Additionally, there is a trend in the Christian culture that says trying to find love online is somehow not “waiting on God”, but often, this philosophy comes with a double-standard.

Though I’m not advocating for extreme uses of the internet and social media such as the aforementioned, I am saying that times have changed- and it’s okay for Christians to keep up!

Just as God used the cultural components of ancient biblical days to guide people to finding love (dowries, arranged marriages, and the like), He uses our cultural context to work out his will in our lives today.

So let go of your apprehension about “not waiting on God” if that’s your hang up.

But as you enter the world of online dating, here are a few things you must always bring with you: 1.