And others are pining for the rainy nights when they got stood up, after paying sites run by crooks who have no intention of getting them even the offer of a date.

Julie Spira, a pioneer in the Internet industry, became the first on her block to post an online dating profile.

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‘Be careful not to include identifying information or personal details that could be used to access your financial information.’ Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: ‘The age-old saying of “if it’s too good to be true it probably is” still stands.’ Visitors to dating sites – which have been used by one in four adults – are advised to be cautious of people who quickly ask to talk on an outside email or messaging service after the initial contact.

They should also be wary of users who claim to be British but say they are travelling or working abroad and need money.

A new book by journalist Dan Slater, , explores the past and present of online dating: “the industry’s rise from ignominy to ubiquity.” Through a series of historical anecdotes and stories—including his own and those of his parents, who met in one of the first computer matchmaking experiments—he paints a broad picture of how the internet has changed the way we date and mate. Census data from 2010 showed that 39 percent of all Americans believe marriage is becoming obsolete,” Slater writes. Slater quotes a number of stats from Ok Trends, the short-lived blog about Ok Cupid directed by one of the site’s cofounders, Christian Rudder.

The fundamental selling point of online dating is that no one wants to be alone, and even cold-hearted skeptics secretly want true love. “Yet 47 percent of the unmarried adults who believe marriage is becoming obsolete say they would like to marry someday.” The point is tucked into a footnote, but more should probably have been made of it. You can be a closet swinger, an out-of-closet deviant, or a U. I underlined this one several times: “A woman’s desirability, measured in messages received, peaks at age twenty-one.

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(The survey was commissioned by ) Today, one-third of America’s 90 million singles have used an online dating site.