By 2002, the site had 26.6 million registered users and by 2012, over 27 million people used
"The traditional view is to let the man come to you, but when you're dating online you're in the driver's seat." Maria Valentin, a 49-year-old history teacher said.
"You two can start looking for profiles and contact men that you're interested in." Maria Trice, a 50-year-old personal trainer, is a bit frightened by the influence of digital courtship on relationships today. Because, what happens is, people are dealing with a computer, with pictures.
Nowadays, one third of people prefer online dating more than any other form of dating.
Research by the University of Rochester found that online dating has become the second-most-common way to meet people besides meeting through mutual friends.
It's easy to talk to someone anonymously and try your best and try a line that you wouldn't try anywhere else.