Dating sites certainly help some individuals find loving, happy relationships.
There are disadvantages and pitfalls of online dating to consider as well.
A "surfer" can immediately focus on people with similar interests, beliefs, age and other important criteria without having to spend time and money "going for coffee." Non-matching people can be sidestepped without ever needing to make contact.
They may even spend weeks trying to gain your trust.
Eventually, though, they will have some type of medical or travel emergency, which they need your help to resolve.
Factors like communication patterns, problem-solving skills and sexual compatibility are "crucial for predicting the success or failure of relationships" but can't be captured in an algorithm employed pre-meeting (yet).
While chatting online pre-date might seem like a great way to vet matches, there's a "tipping point" at which all of that information gathering might be hurting your love life, according to a 2014 study.
Many people today are turning to the internet as a tool for finding a partner.
The Internet has strong advantages but there are some serious pitfalls .
A 2012 comprehensive review of online dating sites found that having access to a seemingly infinite supply of profiles "can lead individuals to commoditize potential partners." In that situation, it's pretty easy for people to become overly picky -- women can sometimes be deemed undesirable with Three words: paradox of choice.
Having an unlimited pool of potential dates can not only make people feel less satisfied with their ultimate decision, but it can also lead them to freeze up and not make a choice at all.
With so many choices available, some people may not be inclined to put forth the effort, time and commitment needed for a relationship.