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The Online Love Affair

Most singles have heard of hookups happening through internet social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. But these are just hookups and anything serious rarely grows out of such encounters. While it is possible for people to become good friends through these websites and exchange messages for years without ever meeting face to face, falling in love is another matter.

Can you really meet your soul mate through online networking sites? The answer is: Yes, you can. According to a recent survey by the widely popular web personals service,, 67% of men who date online report finding true love on the Internet. For the single women, the figure is 57%.

These figures are hardly surprising. With many various channels of communication available on cyberspace, one's options of meeting new dating partners are no longer limited to the traditional route of going to bars to meet singles. Aside from online dating services and social networking sites, you can actually meet people in chat rooms, in community forums, and even in online gaming websites. The Internet has made our world a very small one and distance no longer matters.

Matchmaking on the web has its advantages as well. When you date someone on the Internet, you do not have to be concerned about your immediate appearance, except when webcams are involved. All you need to worry about is what you type in and what the other person types back. You can learn a lot from a person in an hour of chatting online than from sharing an hour of coffee together.

Of course, the caveat here is you have to determine first if the person you meet is a real person and not some persona that he or she made up to impress you with. One of the ways you can figure out if he or she is real or not is by checking the consistency of the things they say. Your instincts will tell you if it is real or not. Another beautiful thing about online personals is that you can always walk away without committing to anything if your instinct senses something is not right.

Posted at 11:14 AM on Jul 3, 2009 By

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