For this article I used the descriptions of women who have shared their online dating experiences with me to describe 11 types of (heterosexual) men who are drawn to Internet dating.I realize, as do you, that there are infinite varieties of men who engage in online dating for infinite reasons.Sometimes he will admit to the women he finds online that he is using Internet dating as a diversion, and sometimes he won’t.However, with patience and fortitude there may be the possibility that a substantive relationship can develop.No many more types could be included on this list, and some men may fit into many categories.Still, in the world of online dating, some types seem more prevalent than others.Either way, unlike the first type listed, he has probably had more positive than negative dating experiences overall, so he may be open right away or over time to a committed, authentic relationship.
By avoiding actual human contact he isn’t forced to push his boundaries or risk challenging the perfection of his fantasy women with the experience of a real life woman.(This category may also include the desire to act out sexual fantasies and fetishes that couldn’t previously be realized).Interestingly, fantasy can be so powerful for him that when reality fails to compete, he finds ways to fade away.Either way, these scenarios may take a long time to play out. Already Taken He wants to know what else is out there, but won’t necessarily act on it. Either way, he is not planning to leave his current relationship, but feels like he is missing out on something.Or perhaps something pivotal is missing in his relationship, and he wants to be reminded or reassured there is life beyond his current confines.