It provides a safe route for some and a dangerous route for others.
Those who use it say they prefer getting to know someone first via e-mail or by participating in one of the many chat rooms on the Net, rather than roaming bars and nightclubs.
They enter the field of "meant to be" and navigate through to the right Internet site propelled by a powerful matchmaking force.
Lo and behold, they lived a block or two away from each other and could have met the next day through some other experience.
Some singles sites post their success stories attesting to love matches that were made on the Web.
Through a logical, scientific arrangement of an individual's character and constitution, family values, personality, and emotional makeup and skills, anyone can find the right match for a lasting relationship.
These sites list few statistics on their success, but we can only guess that it is unlikely that a psychological assessment tool could be more successful at matching someone than is the higher creative intelligence of the human spirit.
Their promise is more like an arranged marriage, but the difference is that their higher selves design their meeting place and the timing, not their family.
Soulmates can meet in every way imaginable and in the most amazing places.
A real success story came from a middle-aged woman who said that she tried online dating at the urgings of her mother.