CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It seems everything is done online these days, doesn't it? You can shop, pay your bills, socialize. You can even date.
Online dating has become increasingly popular over the years. Countless dating sites are on the worldwide web now. A few of the most well-known are eHarmony.com, match.com and singlesnet.com. These all target a general audience, meaning that anyone who meets the age requirement may create an account.
Some sites, however, are targeted to certain groups of people. For instance, there's christianmingle.com, which targets Christians with the slogan "Find God's Match for You." Also, farmersonly.com targets farmers, and ourtime.com targets individuals ages 50 and up.
So, who is the front-runner in the world of online dating? That would be Match.com, which has a total of 21,575,000 members.
Ever since the dating world went online, people have had mixed feelings about meeting a potential partner that way.
Amanda Jones of Hurricane said, "It would be appealing because you would know before you meet the person that you actually had things in common. I have never tried it, but I wouldn't rule it out."
On the contrary, Hurricane High School senior Kori Denkins said, "It seems weird to not have that person there with you. To each his own, but to me, I couldn't do it because I would prefer to have that person there with me."
According to StatisticBrain.com, a little more than 54 million people in the United States are single. Of those, around 41 million have tried online dating, with a male-to-female ration of 52:48. On average, the courtship for marriages between people who met online is 18.5 months, as opposed to 42 months for people who met offline.
A common fear with this form of dating is false profiles. How can you tell if someone is lying or not? Well, you can't, unless it is painfully obvious.
You can be more aware, though. According to StatisticBrain, men lie most about age, height and income, while women lie most about weight, physical build and age.
Also, to counter the argument that the online dating world is jam-packed with liars, so is the whole world. The cute boy or girl you met at the supermarket today? You don't know any more about him or her than you would about people online.
Finding that special someone can be rather difficult; some even believe it is impossible. But don't give up, after all, StatisticBrain shows 71 percent of people believe in love at first sight.