"content": "... In fact, the Internet has become one of the most popular places for people to meet, according to the 2010 large-scale survey How Couples Meet and Stay Together.
\"(Online dating) definitely works,\" said Reuben J. Thomas, an assistant professor of sociology at the City University of New York, who collaborated on the survey. \"We estimate that 23 percent of the couples in the U.S. who met in the two years from 2007 to 2009 met online. More people meet online now than meet through school, work, church, bars, parties, et cetera.\" ...",
"title": "THE NEW AGE",
"content": "A real-life love story that reads like a fairy tale – that's the story of Isai Pillai and her Prince Charming, husband Jagdish.
In this day and age, finding a date is hard enough, let alone finding someone you can spend the rest of your life with. But by trusting in technology and following their hearts Durban couple Isai and Jagdish managed to get it right.
\"I joined a matrimonial website, which is where I met my husband.
\"We met online in October 2006 and I knew right away I had found my soulmate. We got along from the word go,\" said Isai.
Isai and Jagdish's whirlwind romance knew no bounds. Just two months after they met online Jagdish popped the question on Christmas Day 2006, before they had actually met in person. ",
"title": "COSMOPOLITAN SUD AFRICA",
"content": "When Thandi, 28, started dating online, her friends had a big, collective eye-rolling moment. They told her she was insane, that she'd only meet jerks and losers and that, in terms of meeting Mr Right, she was totally wasting her time. These same friends had a lot less to say when, 16 months later, they each received a large, embossed champagne-coloured envelope in the post containing a very stylish invitation to the wedding of Thandi to Paki, a handsome, hilarious and successful 35-year-old property developer… while their own relationships plodded along, bereft of diamond solitaires.",
"title": "IOL SUD AFRICA",
"content": "So do women really want to be single? The Bridget Jones generation, unhappy in love and desperate to find a man, is, it seems, so last century.More than half the women questioned in the survey said they enjoyed being single. Less than a third said they disliked being alone – compared to 70 percent of men. The trouble is that, deep down, the majority of single women yearn for the companionship and love of a significant other. Even the most wonderful, thoughtful, caring friends can't always be there for you. What we all long for most is unconditional love. ",
"title": "WOMEN'S HEALTH SUD AFRICA",
"content": "People who have Internet access at home are more likely to be in a relationship, with the Web gaining in importance as a meeting place for those seeking love, according to US research.
Researchers from Stanford University said the Internet is especially important for bringing together same-sex couples and may soon replace friends as the main way in which Americans meet their partners.
\"Although prior research on the social impacts of Internet use has been rather ambiguous about the social cost of time spent online, our research suggests that Internet access has an important role to play in helping Americans find mates,\" said Michael Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology. ",
"content": "Dating is difficult, whether you are straight or gay, a divorcee with kids or a fresh-faced teen.
Enter online dating
The phenomenon has been around since the early 2000s and after the initially shame of using it, online dating is now in many pockets after going mobile.
\"The key thing to remember is that getting to know someone online is really no different to meeting a person in a pub or at the gym... There are no guarantees when meeting someone new, it doesn't matter if it is online or through friends, they could still be Mr. Wrong.\"
However, they could also be your soulmate, as Johannesburg resident, Leon Otto (38) found when he met his wife online six years ago.
\"It was my second run on trying the online dating scene,\" said Otto, \"and I was about to delete my profile when we started chatting. We met for drinks and the rest is history.
\"We lived in completely different social circles and would probably never have had the opportunity to meet had it not been for online dating.\" He preferred online dating as it allowed him to meet people who specifically wanted to date.",
"title": "MY BROADBAND",
"content": "Released on the eve of Valentine's Day, the survey of 1,000 people commissioned by marketing consultant Euro RSCG Worldwide found one in five said they have had a romantic or sexual relationship start online. Forty-nine percent knew someone whose relationship began that way.
Online romance has evolved from the early days of flirting in a chat room or \"cybersex\" between strangers who had no intention of meeting in person.
\"What people did online stayed online, for the most part,\" Euro RSCG Chicago Group President Norm Yustin said. \"Now our two worlds are blended, and the people we meet online and how we behave on social networks is affecting us at home and at work\".",