As far as my own case, I wouldn't think so.
My life for a while was more online than not, and the same went for my dating prospects. I don't really have a story to tell about that, the relationships I had before I met my current girlfriend are... nothing I enjoy recalling. I personally didn't use any dating or matchmaking sites or... actually, hm...
MMOs don't inherently qualify as online dating, I don't think... ₍ ᐢ.ˬ.ᐢ₎
In any case, it's just a tool. Practically, it's massively expanded the number of potential connections you can make, even if that dating pool's still an inch deep. Making connections and making them last is still up to the people involved no matter how you go about it.
I get what you mean, though I don't know about ruined...I think so much of dating is actually getting in a room with someone and determining chemistry and that part of it doesn't translate as well online - like on a dating site you check a bunch of boxes for what you want and filter out a bunch of people when who knows what kind of chemistry you would have had in the same room with them
tbh i never understood "dating". like i never "dated" someone in this sense. usually it is like finding friends but with flirting.
that said im blessed by the fact i was approached much, much more often by other people than the other way around. though i try to be more active. less for dating just as a personal goal. i kinda like being single rn in my life circumstances
It is quite possible, as there are quite a few fake profiles out there. People use these fake profiles to scam lonely singles. They pretend to be interested, act like to meet up, but all of a sudden are out of money and need to be sent something like $600 for a plane ticket to meet the victim.
And if the victim sends the money, they never hear from the profile again
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