These types of online dating services are not typically moderated or directly supervised.
Members freely decide who to talk with and whether or not they want to meet personally.
We are a member of the Online Dating Association (ODA) which was set up to ensure high standards of behaviour by dating service providers serving the UK.
Whatever the reason, meeting someone online has become commonplace in today's society.
Many online chat rooms and dating sites are free and only require registration.
The explosion of online dating has given academic researchers an unprecedented opportunity: to analyze vast troves of digital data to tell a fuller story on how humans, in this moment in time, are approaching the dating game.
New research from Australia sheds light on what online daters are actually looking for, and how those criteria dynamically evolve as they age.
Online dating can be difficult — what with choosing the perfect profile photo, sending a charming first message, possibly facing rejection, and finding the right site in the first place.