We Know: How Online Dating Services Work
What Are Online Dating Services?
An online dating service uses the power of the Internet to bring people together. They can be as simple as bulletin board services designed to help people meet others online, or as complex as asking you to fill out a questionnaire and a profile so that you can be matched with appropriate partners.
Are All Online Dating Services Costly?
While some of the more popular online dating services are fairly costly, there are a number of excellent ones that are free.
But free, in the online dating world, is a deceptive term. Because so many more young men than young women use the service, many of them offer free registration to women, or they may offer free registration for everyone but charge you if you want to contact a match. Read all the fine print carefully. There really are several good services that don't charge anything for registration, for profiling and matching you, or for contacting your match. There is also no rule that you must use only one site.
What Should I Be Wary Of?
Just like any other online community, you're going to find mostly good people, but interspersed with some rotten apples. This is unpleasant in any online community, but in a dating community you're leaving yourself much more vulnerable than usual. Protect yourself.
What Else Should I Know?