Success of online dating

But after a while, her initial approach of putting up a profile and waiting for guys to find her seemed too passive, and she began doing some searching of her own. I thought, OK, he knows his way around a kitchen, and at the very least maybe we can see some bands together." She got in touch and, lo and behold, it turned out that Ryan had seen her profile some time back but decided not to contact her.

"He said I looked corporate and businessy in the picture because I was wearing a suit. I just had on a blazer and jeans" (which goes to show that a photo can be deceiving).

In 2000, Brenda Allison graduated from law school and moved to Chicago.

"By the time we actually met, I felt like I knew him pretty well already—he was so expressive in his messages." Then they met—on a first date that lasted nine hours.

Lesson learned: If you're thinking of Internet dating, do it.

Says Keren, "The lifestyles we all lead these days mean we're always online, so it's more natural.

"We both came away from the date thinking the other was so serious," laughs Tonya.

"We talked about everything from religion to children to death." A second date was lighter in tone; the couple went go-karting.

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