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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Australia

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: August 2013

Solo Living  

In the past few decades solo living has become popular all over the world, especially in developed countries such as Australia. It is especially common in the larger cities or towns.  In 2011,  ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio National reported that nearly a quarter of Australian households are singly occupied and that millions more Australians will choose to live alone in the next ten years, many of them being young people.

However, solo living doesn’t mean you are lonely. Many Australians who choose to live alone work in the day and meet with friends in the cafes or pubs after work. Most of them claim freedom and independence as the main reason for them to live alone. 

If you are moving to Australia alone, or if you have already been living in Australia alone, you may feel lonely in the first few weeks. Then you will find you start to build up your social connections within the community. You may see your neighbours every day and you will begin to meet your colleagues at work.  You can find people from the same origins as yours, or people who have the same interests as yours, in certain clubs or groups.  Of course, another way for you to meet with others is dating.

If you want to find your loved one or make friends with others in Australia, apart from the traditional ways, dating websites may be a good choice. There are many dating websites providing services for people based in Australia. The best way to find these websites is via Google. As claimed by itself,  www.rsvp.com.au is the No 1 Dating website in Australia. There are over 450,000 active members logging on to this website every month to find their other half.

Different dating websites provide different services to cater for different groups of people. You can find information here: https://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/online-dating.aspx. You also can search online with certain key words, such as ‘top Australia dating website’. 
Normally, you need to register and create yourself a profile when you use these websites.. Although some dating websites are free, there is a general view that paid dating websites provide better services.

You may need to buy credits, which are normally called Stamps, to see other profiles. RSVP works in this way.  You may need to subscribe to their services and pay different fees according to the length of time you would like to subscribe. However, when providing your personal information to any website, you need to be careful about the security of your information.

The online dating scam is also becoming a big problem, often people are being scammed out of large amounts of money by someone they thought they could trust. You should bear in mind that if it seems too good to be true,  often it is. You can find more information here: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/datingromancescams . You also can find some dating tips to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’.  

If you do find or you suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can also contact the ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission) on 1300 795 995, or submit a report to SCAMwatch through the following link: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/maintain/create/index.phtml?contentTypeName=scamwatchComplaint&informationSpaceItemId=tag.ScamwatchReportAScam&inPop=1&returnUrl=.&type=Other .

 

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