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The Spread of Online Love

Unlikely couples get together in incredibly different ways today, thanks to online matchmaking websites. A lot of singles, who have not been on the dating scene recently or do not have the time or energy to socialize because they lead such busy lives, find solace in meeting their dates online.

Different web personal ads services are making it increasingly easier to select the sort of person you would like to spend time with. They enable hesitant or shy singles to reach out to a potential date and take the first step from their own cozy home, without running the risk of embarrassment or rejection. All they have to do is interact online and bring the relationship to the stage of a personal meeting only when they are convinced that such a meeting is desirable and safe.

The trend of internet dating is catching up and even spreading by word-of-mouth, where many online daters are encouraging their friends and relatives to go on the web in search of love as well. As a recent article points out, U.S. net singles spent $503.4 million on matchmaking services in 2005, up from just $40 million in 2001, and this spending has only sky-rocketed in recent times.

The spread of online love is helped along by the fact that along with big, mainstream internet personals websites like eHarmony, Match.com and Yahoo!Personals, more and more specialized singles services are coming up every day, catering to every kind of niche imaginable. Whether it is a particular nationality, race, religious belief or sexual preference, websites are available for each category with suitably compatible singles in their database.

Due to the ease, convenience and accessibility of desirable and extremely attractive options online, a lot of single people go for web personals, sometimes even throwing caution to the winds. Experts recommend that the same precautions need to be taken while online dating which are taken if going on a blind date. A prolonged and sincere effort must be made to check out the potential date's background and the truth of his or her statements before committing to a meeting, and taking the relationship further.

Online love can be a big blessing because it gives singles who would otherwise never meet each other in real life a chance to interact and perhaps find a great match. Love knows no boundaries, and online matchmaking has today made this age-old saying true in a very practical, everyday sense.

Posted at 9:36 AM on Feb 10, 2008 By 5StarDating.com


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