Or heading to the nearest bar, feverishly scanning for someone who ‘looks' single, then hoping like mad that a) they’ll notice you and b) that you have something – anything – in common? And the statistics support this: recent research has shown that internet dating is now the second most-common way to find a partner, while as many as 1-in-3 marriages start online.
It’s a tale as old as time: if love is meant to be, it will find a way.
Another common issue is what happens if you have been dating several people at once and have chosen to concentrate on one person and stop seeing the rest.
It doesn’t make the love you find any less worthy or any less real.
Dating etiquette can be very useful indeed and we should all abide by it, even the dating rules that rely on old-fashioned stereotypes (such as expecting blokes to make the first move). In these times of increasing equality, this attitude just doesn’t seem fair – to anyone involved!
Not to sound like Miss Manners or anything, but by treating the women you meet online in the same way you'd want to be treated in person you can set a good example for others to follow, making everyone's experience a little bit better. When dating online, most women nowadays keep their options open by going on a few dates with a few different women, before making a decision.
This is so common that many assume it to be universally understood, but sometimes it's not clear enough.
It's all too common for people to exchange promising messages online and then disappear, leaving one person to wonder what has gone wrong.
So rather than unintentionally feed people's insecurities, it's best to take the time to send a quick note to explain things and wish the other person good luck in her search. For more news, reviews and commentary, check out the latest issue.
But, here's the thing: as online dating changes, so do the rules.
And that means that some rules which were seen as gospel truth are no longer relevant in today's dating environment.
When it comes to online dating, some people have a hard time separating the person they portray online and the person they are in real life.
Check out Modern Manners Guy's 3 simple rules for making an online love connection.
You want to avoid a situation where either or your date assume you're onto something exclusive when nothing is certain yet.