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Here is some real advice, for guys at least. Online dating services are like at home treadmills/weights/dvd work outs. If one doesn't already do some form of exercise (gym, running, swimming, etc) and/or one is too lazy and unmotivated to do that shit, purchasing that at home equipment and dvd will NOT get his/her ass in shape and it will NOT motivate him/her to get in shape and it will NOT motivate him/her to live a healthier life and it will NOT motivate him/her to even use the shit that was just bought.
Those things are there for the convenience of those that already have the determination to get in shape and stay in shape and live an active lifestyle and/or for those that already live that way.
How does this relate, in my opinion, to online dating? Same thing. If a male has always been too scared to talk to (let alone meet) women, online dating will not help, in fact, it may hurt. It only gives a false sense of comfort hiding behind a computer screen. A scared, nervous, timid guy runs the risk of never actually growing out of that phase when constantly relying on emails, online photos, profiles, questionnaires, surveys, all that bullshit.
It seems, to me, that this online dating is most beneficial for those that actually get themselves out there and already interact w/ the opposite sex (or same sex, depending on preference). Online dating just adds a level of convenience to be taken advantage of by those that actually have an idea of how to interact with another interested party.
Of course, the other side of the coin, I admit this shit can be used to help someone's balls drop, just like at home fitness equipment can help someone really get in shape that was always out of shape. So what do I know. And it's worth saying that I am completely inexperienced in online dating, I've only been dabbling the past few weeks...with success I might add (though I do consider myself incredibly lucky in one case, honestly, I hardly had a part in how fortunate I've been with this one particular woman).