Internet dating as a way of meeting people has become more popular since the early 1990s. Its popularity can be attributed to the ease with which people can judge whether someone is a potential partner.
Internet dating follows in the footsteps of personal ads, which began in the 1960s. The first online dating service was set up in 1995, with the intention of providing more immediate access to potential dates.
Internet dating websites are a service whereby people can meet potential dates. Singles sign up and add their likes and dislikes, and then other singles are suggested to them based on the information on their profile. If they like each other, they can meet for a date.
People using Internet dating websites to look for potential partners will more than likely pick up a few new friends along the way.
Internet dating faced criticism and ridicule in the early years, because of the problems associated with it. Now most of the stigma attached to it seems to have faded.
Some of the problems with Internet dating are the risks of meeting someone you don't know-- with the Internet, it is much easier for people to lie. According to a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, women looking for love online are at risk from being the victim of unwanted sexual attention.