Internet Dating
Best And Worst

In today's high-tech world, online dating is extremely popular. Users sign up for the dating sites, create a profile and begin connecting with potential partners. Though some people have had great success with online dating, others haven't been so lucky. Here are some real life stories from both sides.

Woman online dating

The good

Thomas

After I came out of a long-term relationship of seven years, I tried eHarmony.com because I didn't like the bar scene and was really interested in settling down. It was my first experience with online dating. Through the site, I was introduced to Jackie and we exchange emails for a few weeks before actually going on a real date. We agreed to meet for lunch at a local Italian place. The second our eyes met, I knew she was the one for me. We gabbed for three hours at lunch and agreed to meet up the next day for dinner. We haven't spent a day apart since. Jackie and I have been dating for a year and we're getting married in May.

Doug

My wife and I met online at Match.com. We first met up at IHOP and talked for a few hours. The next day we had our first actual date and spent around 9 hours together at various places. We took a trip to California the next July, where I asked her father for permission to ask her to marry me - which he said yes. A week later we were at a friend's house in Tahoe, and I was having a terrible toothache. We went out to dinner and then went to a cliff top overlooking the lake at sundown - that's where I asked her to marry me. We've been together just over two years, and married since August - loving every minute of it!

Shirley

My husband passed away suddenly in 2004 at the age of 49. I really thought I'd never be able to love anyone ever again. After about a year of barely leaving my house, I decided to use Meetup.com to find some people in my area to socialize with. We had moved here to Atlanta only a year before my husband passed and I didn't really know anyone. I really went into it hoping just to meet a couple friends. I ended up meeting Ron and at first we were just that - friends. After six months, we decided to date and have been inseparable since.

Stacie

I used to browse through the Yahoo! Personals just for fun. I never imagined that I would actually meet anyone online. The profiles were oftentimes hilarious and I just knew that most of them were exaggerating their good qualities. One day, I saw Stephon's profile and it really caught my eye. I decided to take the plunge and contact him. We started emailing and talking on the phone, but he seemed like he was a real ladies man - not exactly my type. Finally, I agreed to go out on a date with him. He was more gorgeous in person than I could have ever imagined. We have now been dating for nine months.

Patti

Like most people who use online dating services, I hated the bar scene, so I figured why not try online. I went through countless dates from Match.com and didn't find a match. I was thinking of canceling my membership one night when I decided to give it one last try. I contacted a guy name Paul because his profile was very smart, witty and sarcastic - kind of like me. After a few emails, we exchanged phone numbers. Our first telephone conversation lasted several hours. I agreed to meet him for lunch that weekend. I had always been looking for a tall, dark guy. Paul was blonde and an inch shorter than me, so I was a little hesitant. When we met, I knew within the first five minutes this guy was for me. We ended up dating for four months and then moved in together. We have been together for five years. 

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