Cyber dating also signals significant changes in dating and marriage trends: Americans are marrying later in life, which makes them less likely to meet partners in high school or college.
Workplace romances are dwindling, partly due to the rise in sexual harassment suits.
Founded by a psychologist, e gives users a 500-question survey covering subconscious desires and personality traits, then strategically matches couples for online dates. Meeting, Mating and Cheating: How the Internet is Revolutionizing Romance .
The questionnaire identifies users who might be liars or otherwise undesirable—16 percent of those who take the survey are asked to leave the site (Mulrine).
Once connected, cyber daters often exchange e-mail messages for weeks or months before talking on the phone or meeting in person: a pace that mirrors traditional courtship.
Americans spent 2 million on cyber dating that year, making it the most profitable market on the Web.
This interest is fueled by growing numbers of singles—a record 40 percent of American adults are single, and half of them visited online dating sites in 2003.
Cyber-criminals spam out an email, with forged header information, tricking you into believing that it is from a shipping company like DHL or Fed Ex.
The email tells you that they tried to deliver a package to you, but failed for some reason.