With an estimated five million Britons logging on to find love, friendship or fun, the stigma attached to using dating websites is finally disappearing.My friend Maria is a typical convert to online dating.You can view other people's profiles by searching the site and, in turn, they can view your profile.
The message is sent to their email address from your username - your real name and email address are never shown.
In turn, you may receive messages from other members.
The same works with claiming you are a millionaire, own a yacht and drive a Ferrari - it's only impressive if it's true.
There is no point in lying; people always find out.
An intelligent, attractive and sociable woman in her early thirties, she initially thought dating websites were for losers.