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Online Dating – Part 1

by Catherine Muriel on 04/6/09

Did you know that one in eight people now meet their partner via online dating? That is pretty remarkable and an indication of the power of Internet matching abilities.

I have talked to many colleagues and friends who have gone through this process and found there to be many issues, cautionary tales and heartache, in addition to the success stories:

Women are more honest (realistic) about themselves than men. Men tend to describe themselves as how they want to think of themselves as opposed to how they really are: think two inches taller and more hair. And assume that most adults (male and female) are “adjusting” their age – when you browse through the listings just see how many 29 year olds and 39 year olds there are. Seldom the dreaded 30 or 40. You can also pretty safely assume that the pictures presented are their absolute best – possibly when they used to go to the gym.

Apparently there are less than honest people who find gullible males online and commence a dialogue that lures the hapless male into the web. The scenario goes something like this – the lady is a very attractive person from a location farther away than the next city or town. As their relationship blossoms she suggests they get together and requests he purchase an airline ticket or send her money cover the cost of her gas. Like any business on the Internet if someone is asking for too much information (personal credit and banking information) or for money, you should assume it is not a legitimate matching.

There are so many issues with online dating, consumers really need to be cautious and aware. And then look forward to meeting that perfect match.


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