I realized online dating wasn't for me
The horror stories of online dating only come from those who weren't careful. a year and a half of laughing, crying, adventures, fights, and growing as partners. We are honest with each other, we don't post our relationship on social media because we aren't together to show that we aren't lonely. Most western men I met were either gay, in a relationship or only interested in Japanese women.
Most first dates were a bit nerve-wracking, as you are after all meeting a complete stranger or potential psychopath, but getting to know each other was quite easy.
So when I signed up for these sites at 18 years old, I felt pretty pathetic to say the least.
But it seemed like the easiest (and less scariest) way to meet someone at the time, seeing as how I was pretty shy and sucked at flirting.
Overall, I’d say that they were also more gentlemanlike than their western counterparts and most didn’t make me feel like they were only looking for sex.
Some also claimed to be looking for friends or even language partners; though I’m not sure why they would be on a dating site if they were not also looking for something else…