However, it can be a stimulating and enjoyable way to make new friends.When you join a site you are marketing yourself and you should shop around to find the sites that most meet your needs.The major risk of online dating is, of course, how can you be sure that the person in the photograph is exactly who they say?On MTV, a programme called Catfish clearly illustrates how people are deceived by falling in love with somebody who turns out to be someone else completely.Badoo is popular in Portugal with over 200 million members worldwide, although only 25 million are actually active.One young girl in her late 20s told me she joined the site because by meeting up with other men for one-off dates she gets the excitement lacking in her current relationship.
There are also websites known for extramarital relationships, with Ashley Madison being the market leader having 36 million members from 46 different countries.
One male friend explained: “Maybe there’s a lot of stigma still held by a tiny minority, but I think you’ll find that everybody else has been doing it for a long time.
What’s the alternative, hang around in a bar looking single?
People of all ages, backgrounds, religions and nationalities submit their photographs and personal details looking for friendship, no commitment dates or love.
The average age group is mid-twenties to mid-forties.