More and more people are using the Internet to find a date. Instead going to smoky bars and fending off unwanted attention, now you can sit comfortably at home and meet people from near and far. Best of all, its up to you how you want to go about meeting people. In addition to the ubiquitous online personals such as eHarmony, Match.com and Yahoo Personals, there are also many sites out there that let you chat, flirt and find love - all in real time.
If you're new to online dating, the traditional online personal service is a good place to start. eHarmony is one of the more expensive online personals service, but they claim to make matches based on personality points shown to be crucial to long lasting relationships. With eHarmony, you fill out a personality questionnaire and then you are shown your matches. All of your matches are supposed to fit you based on those personality points that you responded to in your original questionnaire, which eHarmony says makes for better odds of finding a good match.
On the other hand, with sites like Match and Yahoo, in addition to being shown people you match with based on certain personality and lifestyle points, you can also go in search of people who peak your interest. The first step on either site is to create your own profile. Then you can search through other members profiles and if you see someone with whom you'd like to flirt, Match lets you send a wink and Yahoo lets you send an icebreaker - all for free. If you want to do more than flirt, Match and Yahoo both require a paid membership (starting around $20 per month) to send emails to your potential dates.
If you've tried the online personals thing, or if you're just looking for someone to chat, flirt and talk to, you can try one of the many online adult chats available. Flirt.com is one of the premier online adult chat rooms. The Flirt ChatBeach and SkyBar bills itself as the most amazing visual chat available. When you enter, you create an avatar to chat, flirt and meet people with; you can even add your own face to the avatar. What's more, they also have a Flirt After Hours chat room, where you can chat, flirt and meet other people over 21 looking to have some fun.
Another website that hosts rooms for adults to chat, flirt and find dates is ChatAge.com. ChatAge offers an adult chat room for those 18 and older. What's more, if you're still interested in the online personals side of things, ChatAge.com also hosts its own personals section where you can create a profile and even add your picture - all for free.
Another site that offers free chat, flirt and personal sites is PassionNetwork.com. If you find someone you're interested in, you can send them a Chat Invite to meet you in chat room and get to know each other better. Or you can post your own profile and let other members come to you. Whatever you're interested in, PassionNetwork.com connects you to like minded people - all for free.
Regardless of whether you've tried online dating before or not, there's not refuting the fact that it is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to meet people. So forget what your friend told you about that awful guy she met online and give it a try for yourself. You'll be surprised at who else is out there - you might even meet the man or woman of your dreams.