Millions of people are "e-dating" in the hopes of finding that perfect someone.
Online dating services such as and [email protected] thriving as men and women post ads and photos of themselves in search of the perfect mate. Ellen) says online dating is an advantage for people who are uncomfortable about meeting people in public places, or who are new to an area.
Indeed, most relationship counselors, including The Rules Girls, Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, agree that logging on can be a great way to meet your match. Online dating services also can be a good option if you frequently travel for work or have children or other responsibilities that make going out to meet people difficult.
You can search the world, since you have international access via the Internet.
And you can meet people without fear of commitment.
Online dating services provide chat rooms that allow you to get to know someone before you exchange photos or phone numbers.
In addition, most sites allow the user to place a photo along with a personal ad, and some even have audio capability so you can listen to your potential soul mate's voice.
Lead author John Cacioppo, a psychologist and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, says dating sites may "attract people who are serious about getting married."While Cacioppo is a noted researcher and the study is in a prestigious scientific journal, it is not without controversy.
It was commissioned by the dating website e Harmony, according to the study's conflict of interest statement.
Company officials say e Harmony paid Harris Interactive 0,000 to field the research.
Cacioppo has been a member of e Harmony's Scientific Advisory Board since it was created in 2007.
While this may sound a bit superficial at first, Internet dating actually takes the whole "meat market" aspect out of the dating process because it allows you to weed out the players. Shop around until you find one that best suits your particular needs.
With so many online dating services out there, picking one can be difficult. Narrow your search by looking at services that specialize in matching people with similar interests.
For example, you might consider a dating service for people who share the same religious faith, like Big Church.com, Christian or JDate.com; if you're a sports enthusiast, you might check out While e-dating is a dream come true for some, The Rules Girls warn that an e-courtship has more dating hazards than ever — and they're not what you think!