Online dating can get a bad rap sometimes — we get it. When it got started in the ’90s, it was often looked at as a desperate way to find a date or partner. While online dating has become less of a taboo (thanks to the continuous rise of technology), there are still some skeptics who wonder how it could be better than meeting someone in real life. What does online dating offer that events, sports, school, and setups through friends and family don’t? Below we’ll take you through 11 online dating benefits that just might convince you to give it a try.

1. You Can Get Started & Find a Match Quickly

On most dating sites, you can create a profile and start browsing through singles literally in seconds. Often all you have to do is input your name, gender, location, age, email address, and basic dating preferences, and then you’re on your way. While we recommend taking some time on your profile to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward, if you’re really excited and just can’t wait, go right ahead. Just remember to come back to your profile later, as this is the main component that will attract people to you.

2. Dating Sites are Very Affordable

When you’re single and at a bar or club, more than likely you’re paying for your drinks, someone else’s drinks, an entry fee, and sometimes food — all of which adds up very quickly. Plus, there’s no guarantee you’ll actually meet someone special. On the other hand, almost every dating site offers a free trial or membership that will put you in front of millions of eligible singles. With so many options out there, we’ve narrowed own our three favorites: