If you find a keeper, you don't have to hide how you met when you tell other people.
As online dating has gotten more popular, it's become more accepted.
Premium membership, which is more expensive, offers specialised features such as pre-screen matches.
Parship.ie, which charges €49.90 for a month’s membership or €29.90 per month for three months, touts itself as being specifically for people who are looking for a long-term relationship and uses an 80-question-long test to find potential partners for members.
The reward at the end could very well be meeting that someone special you've been looking for.
So putting do's and don'ts aside, how do you apply common sense in these cases?
When I have found myself with a guy who I sensed really liked me but to whom I had no physical attraction, I have hung in there, hoping the chemistry would develop over time. When the chemistry is lacking, I have found it difficult to be honest about this, not wanting to hurt the other person's feelings.
And every year, more than 280,000 marry someone they met that way. One survey found that Americans are spending nearly a billion dollars for online dating services.
Finally, it's not just for the young and tech savvy.
Unusually for an online dating site, members’ photographs are not open for public viewing and a member decides if and when someone sees them.