Online dating the rules

Expecting a Cameron Diaz look-alike, he was shocked to meet a morbidly obese woman in a moo-moo. On the other hand, we’ve dated men who were relieved and delighted that we simply looked like our pictures.

(And believe us, we’re not Cameron.) They were grateful enough to stay through the crème brulée.

For most, looks are our exclusive reason for interacting with potential soul mates. Despite how superficial, science backs up the organization's appearance based matchmaking process. Users login an average of 11 times a day and spend about eight minutes seeking new matches during a single session. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission fined JDI Dating, a company operating several dating websites, more than 0,000 for charging people to look at fake dating profiles.

Dating is complicated enough on its own; when you add in the confusion of online dating sites, it can be just plain intimidating. There is a technique to navigating the virtual playing field.

DON’T naively assume that his photo is as up-to-date and accurate as yours.

Here, everything you need to know to find love on the World Wide Web.1.

In the new age of online dating, Facebook, Twitter and text, some would say the dating game has been made a whole lot easier, with a host of technology quite literally in the palm of your hand to help you connect with the man of your dreams.

Others, including the authors of just published book The New Rules, would argue that technology has made dating etiquette a lot more complicated.

Not to mention effective: Each day, an average of 236 people who met on e get married. So, how do you go from logging on to finding your perfect match?

"I equate online dating to looking for a job," says Julie Spira, cyber-dating expert and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating.