College professor Carla Riemersma (65) decided to try online dating after her daughter met her husband online and her adventures proved so inspiring that she decided to write a book about the experience.
For her book, What are the Odds? The Likelihood of Finding Love and Romance in Cyberspace, Carla interviewed nearly 300 internet daters as well as documenting her own experiences.
She says that the most important thing to remember when online dating is to be patient and not give up hope.
You might have to date a few people before you find "the one" but you're still a lot more likely to do so than by using other avenues and you'll have plenty of fun on the way, she says.
Carla told mlive.com: "It opens up a plethora of people you would normally not meet."
For this reason, Carla decided to stick with online dating and she is glad that she did, because after a year she met a man who she found "intriguing, interesting and well-educated" who she has been dating for the past three years.
One of the subjects she interviewed for the book, Ken Cote, said that he had always had good luck with online dating and has enjoyed two long-term relationships with women he met online.
He told Carla that internet dating was "a good, safe alternative to the bar scene. ... We bank online. You can buy a TV online. Everything is online, so why not the dating?"
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