They can help you manage your stress and make good decisions.
With their help, you can learn how to increase your chances of successful encounters while avoiding unnecessary risk.
But meeting a person through an online dating service, social networking or email introductions can create a lot of anxiety and stress and can also involve some risk.
Online dating is an increasingly popular way to meet potential partners, and many people end up in a relationship with someone they met online.
The latest research in the US shows that the partners in more than a third of marriages that took place in the past seven years met online, and there are indications that those marriages are marginally more stable and happier than the relationships where the partners met in other ways.
Remember that this is a virtual world and people don't really "exist" until you are talking to a real person or seeing them live. There could be reasons that have nothing to do with you.
Learn to move on and focus your energy and time on someone who is showing genuine interest.
Keep doing things that make you feel good about yourself outside of online dating.