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What is Internet Dating?

By Garry Crystal
Updated May 16, 2024
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Internet dating has become one of the biggest and most successful business ventures on the World Wide Web. There are hundreds of Internet dating sites on the net, and most large Internet providers, such as Yahoo! and Hotmail, have their own Internet dating sites. Basically, Internet dating is a way to meet people for either friendship or dating without actually having to meet them in person first.

The first thing to do if you decide to try Internet dating is to build your profile. This can include your hobbies and interests, life history, hopes for the future, whether you have children or not, and what you are looking for in a date. You can include how much money you earn and how much your are looking for your partner to earn. You can specify religious preferences, and even the body type of the partner you are looking for.

A photograph is optional, but many sites claim that a photograph increases the number of people who look at your profile. Be aware that once this photograph is posted, it can be seen anywhere in the world and it can be copied and used by anyone for any purpose. Many Internet dating sites will charge a one time registration fee to use their services. You may be able to browse people’s profiles for free, but if you wish to contact them you may have to pay. Credit card, check, or a Paypal account can be used.

One of the advantages of Internet dating is that you can meet people from all over the world. The sites list of countries and towns, and can even narrow the search down to your area by zip code. Another advantage is that you can communicate by email before you meet in person. You can decide how long you wish to speak to the person and how well you get to know them, then decide whether you would like to meet or not.

Thousands of people have met, fallen in love, and married through Internet dating. It is an excellent way for shy people to meet. It is also a way for people with busy lives to connect with others, and an easy way to meet people who share your interests.

Just as in conventional dating and love, there are some pitfalls to be aware of in Internet dating. The person you have been talking to on the net may not be who they say they are. Be very aware that there are some people who misrepresent their appearance or private details, such as marital status, income, and so on, for their own reasons. It would not be the first time that an unscrupulous suitor has scammed someone, and talk shows are full of cheating partners who have been caught dating over the Internet in their spare time.

Taking a few simple precautions should help you avoid some of the pitfalls involved in meeting people over the Internet. Never give out your home or mobile phone numbers, and never give out your exact location and surname. If you decide to meet, make sure that it is in a public place and that you have informed someone where you are going and whom you are meeting. Sticking to these guidelines should ensure that your Internet dating experience is fun, and as with any dating experience, you never know where it may lead.

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Discussion Comments
By MattewRobins — On Nov 25, 2009

Do we have a plenty of free time and nothing to do? Well, as a variant. Or maybe it is unwillingness, or an inability to adapt oneself to a real life and aspirations for accepting desirable as if it is real?

So you feel as if nothing is working out in your life or maybe some things are working out for you but your current relationship has taken a wrong turn you have failed to find the right road again. If you are frustrated in your relationship or with your partner you might want to consider taking a break.

Taking a break does not mean that you no longer love each other.

What does a person begin to do? Does he or she begin to look for another world? By not finding yourself in a real life it is always possible to go to a virtual one, admire your life there and realize yourself there.

Is it laziness? Is it emptiness in one’s soul? Is it a lack of bright colors in life?

Many people still keep thinking that the best way, of course, is to find your virtual wife on the internet. Just imagine, no one will prevent you from sitting in front of the monitor, no one will interfere with you watching the football match, no questions about where you have been and so on. You will just get care and understanding.

Here in the article I found today people think that it is nothing they need more than to see yourself in the Virtual Wife project. They believe that it will safeguard you from all problems in your real relationships as well as make you believe you are in need if you think you are not.

And more than that, you have nothing to do for it. What’s your opinion?

By anon39168 — On Jul 30, 2009

Mandy, run and stay away from him!! I experienced this and to my surprise he was in Nigeria and then wanted me to send him money. hahaha they are a joke they know were to get these poetic and charming lines that just sweep you off your feet. Trust me this is to good to be true. you should already know how men are and when they are too good to be real that's because it is. I just finished my 2nd creep online as well it's amazing how disappointing it is.

By mandymj — On Mar 17, 2009

I met a guy on the internet and we developed a good relationship within two weeks, but after that he is not sending me e-mails and text messages as he used to. We live in different countries but he has promised to visit before he relocates to my country. He skips 3-4 days without communication and after that he would apologize for being unable to contact me. He is very charming, he can express his feelings very well. I am in love already.

What could be this?

Thanks, Mandy

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