"The online dating industry tends to get a real bad rap, because of criminal activity," said True.com's founder and chief executive, Herb Vest.
"If we were to clean up, there's hordes of off-line singles who'd come online to find their soul mate." The pitch appeals to women like Jayne Hitchcock of York, Maine, who was victimized by three years of online harassment and cyberstalking in late '90s after someone assumed her identity and sent sexually explicit messages.
An internet relationship is a relationship between people who have met online, and in many cases know each other only via the Internet.
Online relationships are similar in many ways to pen pal relationships.
They point to their neighbor/sister/uncle/friend that met his/her spouse online and is enjoying a healthy, happy marriage. We can then take these big ideas and apply them to our everyday lives and the choices we make.
Through Boundless, Focus encourages intentional living and offers resources that motivate young adults to know their worth in Christ as individuals and to be open to the opportunities God may have for them.
Other ways of communicating online with these devices are via services and applications such as Email, Skype, i Chat, instant messaging programs, social networking services, asynchronous discussion groups, online games, virtual worlds and the World Wide Web.
Some of these ways of communicating online are asynchronous (meaning not in real time), such as You Tube and some are synchronous (immediate communication), such as Twitter.
In their view, the seemingly endless lists of online profiles creates a superficial consumer mentality that undermines the sacrificial nature of Christ-centered love.
The other side counters that online dating is merely a tool God can use to bring two people together – users don't place their faith in the matchmaking site, but in the Lord. Like many things, online dating isn't inherently evil or good. More often than not, the Bible offers general principles over specifics.