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What Age Should You be Before Starting a Relationship Over the Internet?

People begin dating at all different ages, and this is as true of conventional dating as it is of Internet dating. When you are in school that is the time in your life when you will be surrounded by the greatest number of members of the opposite sex so you should probably take the time to get to know people in your own area through social activities such as dances, parties etc. before you consider looking for potential dates by way of the Internet.

Online Dating Website Law

According to the law there is a certain age that you must be in order to register with online dating websites. Not all countries impose the same legal limits on registration age but for most the age is 18 years and that goes for Australia and most American dating websites. Some websites deem it necessary for adults to be 21 years of age and older. Websites that closely adhere to the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) should implement a program at their dating websites that are able to verify the applicant’s age. One such tool is the BirthDate technology which makes it possible to screen prospective members and makes it impossible for minors to join the sites.

Popularity of Internet Dating

Internet dating is becoming more popular all of the time. According to Comscore, as of June 2006, approximately four million Americans were using Internet dating websites to meet prospective mates on a daily basis, which works out to be 25 million on a monthly basis. Each of these individuals spends an average of 17 minutes per day on any number of dating websites. This works out to be an estimated 4.5 billion page views in the run of a month.

Internet Dating and Finding Friendship

Internet dating is not always about dating, as sometimes it is simply a method of making new friends. If you reach the age at which dating online is permitted then go ahead and see whom you are able to meet. Do not believe all of the horror stories you hear about meeting people online. While it is necessary to be cautious and to keep your safety in mind, there are plenty of smart, interesting and nice people just like yourself who want to meet other people but are not finding it easy to do so. This is especially the case for those who have moved to a new town or city alone and do not know anyone and also for those who have health problems or other issues that make it difficult for them to get out and socialize with others.

It never hurts to do some research online before you make the leap into Internet dating. Check out some reviews of dating websites and be honest with yourself about what you are looking for, be it friendship, a short-term relationship or a long-term committed relationship. Most of all remember that dating is supposed to be fun so have fun with it!

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