I met my wife in college -- you know, while going about my daily business. My brother-in-law met his wife through an online dating site. I agree with the comment above: pretty lazy article -- a subject not hardly worth fussing over in the first place, with a few, poor arguments against it thrown in at the end. Can we get over the old, sophomoric lamentation of the internet being a scary modern phenomenon that's making everything too easy and too fast?

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Knowing he'd gone through a difficult divorce—one he didn't really want—I was pleased when he immediately introduced me to his new girlfriend, Carol. Andy and Carol turned to one another and began mumbling something indecipherable for what seemed to be an eternity.

In my zeal to find out as much about Andy's good fortune as possible I innocently asked: "So, how'd you two meet? Realizing I stepped into something awkward I thought to myself: OMG they met in prison; or on a street corner.

In the not too distant past there was a time when you had to mail a letter and wait two or three days to hear something; there was a time when you had to get off your ass and drive somewhere. I know online dating is necessary in our crazy fast-paced world; I, too, think it beats the bar scene; and I know your friend the tax attorney may not be able to fix you up until tax season is over; just sayin: I knew there was something disturbing about the Jetsons.

So the "bar scene" is the only alternative to online dating you can think of?

We have too much control over a romantic process and in turn, we're killing the romance.

There was a time when you had to send couriers from your castle to your mate's castle and wait a month or so for a response.

But I do have a friend who refuses to post a picture for professional reasons and he rarely gets any reponses.

In fact, one woman admonished him for not posting a picture: "If I have to put one up there you should to," she said.

One woman told me that she loves dating a guy who lives close by because she can see him almost any time she wants without a "big production." Another convenience of online dating is that you don't have to leave your house to get a date; kinda like Netflix® don't ya think?

No need to drop a pound or two and drag yourself to a Happy Hour or a meet-up group.

In the bar scene it's all about your looks; you don't have the luxury of putting your best picture out there because—you're out there—in the flesh.