Rachael Truman, 25, joined a variety of online dating sites to meet people before moving cities.She met her two best mates online, as well as her partner.One woman, 26, met her de facto husband in a Yahoo!
She caught him cheating on her too: "I went through the profiles of 300 men and I picked his out.
Got a girlfriend to ring him and arrange to meet him.
"Now," she says, "he knows I'll find out if he does anything else." Paulo, in his early 40s and studying for a masters degree, says he joined a dating site "because I'm not a good approacher of women in bars or clubs".
Apparently the show's participants were a rather strange and sad lot and the web dating community is still smarting over it. It quickly becomes clear that net Datingland does not necessarily equate with Geeksville or Pervert County. Then there were the stupid, rude, the egomaniacs, marrieds looking for some extramarital fun and two men who sent nude photos along with some startling ideas of how we could spend our spare time.
Reasons for joining dating sites are as varied as the individuals.
One 34-year-old Leo says she has no problems finding dates in the real world.
"I joined because I thought the internet might be a useful way of getting to know someone fairly well before meeting them and having the whole sex issue clouding judgment," she said.
SHELLEY HOWELLS braves the netherworld of internet dating and finds many well-adjusted enthusiasts as well as a few weirdos. Few words so rapidly conjure images of sad, desperate geeks/weirdos/social cripples.
We've seen the TV documentaries featuring assorted oddballs telling their tales of woe or joy, we've been told again and again how dangerous it is out there, and so many of us have shunted net dating into the "too weird" basket. January web stats from Hitwise show that the top two local sites, NZ Dating and Findsomeone were 3rd and 9th respectively in a ranking of Kiwi sites' market share, with both having gained popularity since the month before.