Finding a Great Guy Online: An Insider's Guide

And three success stories...

Looking for a serious relationship? There's surely no faster or easier way to meet someone than through online dating — and weeding out Mr. Wrongs from the comfort of your own home sure beats spending countless Saturday nights on dates from hell. But is it really as simple as logging on, signing up and — POOF! — finding your soul mate? Maybe! But the perfect guy won't necessarily come to you — you've got to use the resources at your fingertips to find each other. But who am I to say this, and how do I know? Well…

As you may have guessed, I'm speaking from experience. I met my boyfriend online over a year ago. I may have been a 20-something single smack-dab in one of the most active dating scenes in the world, but NYC is notorious for being a very challenging place to meet quality guys. So when I'd had one too many $14 drinks and heard one too many lame pickup lines, I started complaining to friends about my dating difficulties.

Surprisingly, everyone had the same response: "Have you tried going online?" Apparently, they all had — and they gave it positive reviews across the board. So I signed up on a site, and, lo and behold, the first guy I went out with ended up becoming my boyfriend. Was it luck or just solid technique? I like to think it was a little of both.

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