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Dating on the Internet

An online dating service uses information provided by its users and establishes and maintains a comprehensive database of personal ads, which is then fully accessible on the internet. Online dating websites provide electronic collections of singles ads and photo personals. Some services cater to particular preferences. Most sites provide search engines that will allow the user to browse the database for certain criteria. For instance, you can usually search the personal ads based on postal code information, allowing you to identify potential dates in your area. Most will allow you to search on several criteria at once, specifying age, location, and even religious affiliations or other important criteria. When a user locates a personal ad they wish to respond to, the dating service will forward an email message. With luck, the email message will elicit a positive response from your potential love interest. If not, there is an entire database of other fish in the sea to choose from. Many online dating services also provide message boards and chat rooms for further interaction. Once you get to know the person well online, you may wish to take your relationship further by trying a phone call. Some people consider dating online to be for losers and people with low self esteem, however, that is turning out to be mostly an unfounded dating myth.

Free online dating services aren't usually entirely free
There is no such thing as a free lunch. For the most part, there is no such thing as a free online dating service. At least, they are usually not entirely free.