Online dating usually starts with a series of email exchanges, as you and your prospective partner chat back and forth in a controlled environment.

Even those of us who would never use online dating sites will still often Facebook-stalk someone before a date.

We take the Meyers-Briggs personality test and various strengths-finder quizzes in order to determine whether we’ve picked the right job.

If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.

With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.

Despite that, online dating isn't perfect, and a number of problems periodically trouble those who sign up for a dating service.

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