Everyday, millions of single people share a common goal. They all share the desire in finding a romantic life partner. Most singles date multiple people until they find their true love. However, the techniques of dating have changed with the use of the Internet. While many people prefer online dating to the tradition dating approach, is online dating a safe alternative to the traditional way of meeting potential romantic life partners? Online dating has become one the fastest growing alternative techniques of dating. According to Dr. Gregory Forge, " Over 60 percent of all internet users spend about two or more hours each day looking for romance."(Forge, 135) In North American, about 10 to 30 million people have created an online dating profile.(Forge, 138). There's no doubt single people are willing to try anything to find their a romantic partner. But are far are they willing to go. Many people prefer online dating, because they can quickly search through millions of available candidates. And then from the collection of potential candidates, a person can narrow their search to people who meet their specific criteria. And later, if the two people are not compatible, then the dater can click a button and quickly move on to the next candidate. If they used the traditional method of dating then they would have to waste time and go on several dates. However, the only disadvantage of the filter method is the competition that a potential dater will encounter. For example, if I approached a young woman at school in English class and after a few minutes of talking, I asked her for her phone number, she would only have a few seconds to evaluate me and then ask herself, " Would I like to date him"? Now, if I met her online and after a few emailing sessions, I asked her for her number, she would automatically compare me to the 100 other emails she received from guys who asked her the same question, Then she would ask herself, "Would I like to date him more then
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