There are serious pitfalls to avoid, of course: dodgy sites, "catfishing" and, worst of all, online predators.But despite the risks, online dating Online dating sites are databases that can match you to a partner with the qualities you prefer.Here's how: Authenticity: Facebook's vehemence when it comes to real names and (general) culture of actual identities ensures that what you see is what you get."It connects through your Facebook so it made me feel a little more secure with the people being real," admitted Her Campus's Meghan Cramer while reviewing the app.Some of those, including let you browse potential mates for free (supported by ads), while offering a paid premium option with more features -- advanced searches, message read receipts and so on.Another well-known, mobile-only site is , aimed mostly at people looking purely for sex.
They range from personal, professional to dating networks and many more. They know what they're doing, and they do everything for you. "Being a member of It's Just Lunch is like having trusted friends set you up, but even better, because they're professionals.Tinder's founders bragged to us about the number of female users when it launched last October, and though they didn't have fresh numbers, the app has received a lot of vocal approval from women online, including female tech writer Jenna Wortham, who says "there’s something about Tinder’s simple, flirty interface that is undeniably fun." This acceptance might have something to do with the fact that unlike every other hook-up app out there, which were birthed by men, as Ann Friedman notes in So far hook-up apps haven't catered to women because they lack certain protections that the XX-demographic likes when meeting potential sexual partners, argues Friedman: "women want authenticity, privacy, a more controlled environment, and a quick path to a safe, easy offline meeting." Perhaps because of its single female voice, Tinder offers a lot of those things mostly by way of Facebook.The app syncs up with the social network in a "cleverly discreet" way, as Wortham puts it.The concept of meeting in cyberspace predates the World Wide Web.