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.
Has there been a geek population explosion, or is net dating going mainstream? your net - deaf to cries for mercy, blind to faxed copies of wedding certificates - had me join the fun, armed with nothing but my dog's name and firm instructions not to return until I had convinced dating site users to talk. I talked online, or received messages from, a dazzling variety of people, including intelligent, witty, attractive (assuming they were authentic photos) people.
"i have met a lovely lady and, we are living together only after 17 days ..thxs" - cheeky1always, Auckland. I met very nice people on here, the site is very discreet and fun." - Anonymous, Auckland.
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.
Reasons for joining dating sites are as varied as the individuals.
"I've used internet dating sites in the past and a lot of my friends have used them as well," said Bland, who also founded flatting website NZ Flatmates and is a shareholder and advisory board member of local online shopping business Mighty Ape.
Unlike free dating sites, e Harmony applies a scientific approach to finding compatible matches.
This is done over several stages, starting with a detailed questionnaire, which is used to create your own free personality profile.
Our basic registration only takes a couple of minutes and within a few clicks, you will have access to thousands of single 50's looking for friendship, romance and more online.
Fifty Dating New Zealand is so much more than just online dating, we are continually looking for ways to make your dating experience as fun, safe and successful as possible.