Online dating is a growing trend in Africa and more people, both young and old, are savoring the opportunity of meeting other singles. However, the majority of Africans are yet to fully accept the concept of online African dating. Multiple surveys conducted in various African nations show that majority of people wouldn’t consider joining an online dating site. Interestingly, the numbers of people who would consider it rise only if the service was free.
African dating via the internet comes in handy for people who find it difficult to meet people one on one. In online dating, you don’t have to meet the other person. Thus, singles are able to search and find the right match from the comfort of their homes or offices. Daters may meet their online friends only after they are familiar and comfortable with them.
If you are planning to engage in African dating as a foreigner, there are some issues you may have to negotiate. There is the talk of Africa being the bedrock of HIV infections. Although this is a big problem, there is also the prevalent attitude that a sexual relationship between a foreigner and an African is one of exploitation and gold-digging. Although some foreigners manage to navigate past this issue, online dating appears the best option.
Regarding online African dating, you will need to be strategic. First, you need to be clear about what you want. If you want a non-smoker, make that clear from the onset. If it is about distance from your residence, make sure the limits are also understood. Secondly, open-mindedness is an important virtue you need in African dating. A person’s profile is the best measure of their suitability for now. Therefore, try as much as possible to read between the lines and make a good choice. Then, do not be too obsessed with the “perfect” match (do such matches even exist?). A good approach is have a plan of contacting one person for every 20 profiles viewed. This is even an added advantaged because you practice the chatting game before you meet your match.
In Africa, the culture of arranged marriages is still deep-rooted and the idea of online dating is termed a foreign thing. While there are some people who are aware of the expectations, some will expect a serious relationship from a romantic encounter. Therefore, be prepared for some surprises.
As shown here, there are a few issues to consider in African dating, whether online or face to face. Use the tips given for a more rewarding experience.