The 7 Types of Relationships in Online Dating

We’ve all struggled to keep in touch with family and friends over the last couple of years. Plenty of us jumped to a messaging platform to be able to keep up with them, and some of us finally signed up on a dating site.

Now that the ‘lockdowns’ have begun to die down, we’ve all gone back to our day-to-day routines… Except for those who rushed to meet up with those strangers they got to know online.

And if you’ve used dating sites before, you know that there’s more than just a couple of relationships to be made… If not, then read on for the 7 types of relationships you could make on dating sites.

Serious Relationships

I think this one’s obvious. Many lonely people are online looking for that special person who could be the ‘one’. And many of us actually find them!

According to a report made by PewResearch, more than half of Americans have been as successful online as they have been in person. About 60% of them also had an altogether great experience, with 12% ending up in long-term relationships and even marriage!

Friends With Benefits

The internet has always been a great source of adult content, and those that go looking for it, know that there are dating sites dedicated to getting you over the ‘finish line’.

There’s plenty of us looking for a ‘friends with benefits’ type of relationship. And for those who’d rather social distance, there’s also sexting and even jumping in video calls to satisfy each others’ desires.

Social Networking

Facebook, Twitter, and many other social media platforms. For most, it’s just a way to keep in touch with family and friends. But there’s also plenty of other people that are just there to build a following.

I think we sometimes forget that online dating is also a type of business. Think about it, how many people have you seen posting links to their LinkedIn or Instagram accounts on their dating profiles?

So, if you thought you can’t use online dating for business, think again!

Long-Distance Relationships

Dating sites are familiar grounds for those whose loved ones are located miles away.

As long-distance relationships are usually quite expensive, when people get coupled up online they usually stick to it, until moving closer together is feasible.

Quarantine relationships are similar in this sense. For whichever reason, you haven’t managed to move in together with your partner before the lockdowns began – well, we found out that staying connected through dating sites is much cheaper than that dreaded phone bill.

Sugar Dating

People often advise against mixing business and pleasure but, in this case, there’s no other way!

Sugar dating is a form of “No Strings Attached” encounters between an older richer person with a younger attractive person. It’s fair to say that this relationship is based around fun, and more specifically, no commitments!

In our eyes, sugar dating is an out-of-the-box type of online dating relationship, which shouldn’t be confused with prostitution!


We all love receiving banter, flirting, and lots of compliments. But if you’re single, then the next best place to find some attention would be on dating sites!

Flirtationships are usually kept at a distance. People match and get chatting with other people without the intention of ever becoming an item. If you love to receive attention while also keeping it casual, then this type of relationship could be worth your while!


The algorithm isn’t always right but, hey, it’s not completely wrong either! Getting matched with people who share your interests is bound to at least open interesting conversations and even make you lifelong friends.


So, dear reader, have you been looking for any of these types of relationships?

Well, online dating can help you fill that hole while also keeping you connected to the rest of the world.

There’s plenty of relationships you can make online that don’t necessarily involve long walks at the beach or shuffling under the sheets… and if you’re interested in some of the ones we mentioned above, all you have to do is sign up on a dating site and give it a try!