Modernising the dating domain as we recognise it, these Internet sanctuaries are reconstructing the boundaries of love and the search of love, from all over the world. “We’re trying to reach the whole world—people of all spiritual orientations, all political philosophies, all racial background,” (Kornblum 2005: para 10) declares Neil Clark Warren, originator of one of the largest on-line dating sites in the world, eHarmony.com. So how does on-line dating works?
She met him on the Internet, his screen name was Gizzy. He only knew her by his first name, Sarah. They have not met each other personally. But they immediately knew that they are destined for each other, merely by communicating through the Internet. “We always have a lively conversation and I miss it every time,” reveals Michael Thompson, 43, a retail store manager who met his soul mate through an on-line chat room. “I always feel that she is very close to me every time we chat. When I heard her voice for the first time I promised to myself that I will do everything to make her mine.”
Seattle supermall saleslady Sarah Martin spent the whole night chatting on-line, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. They then decided to call each other on their mobile phones. The couple talked throughout the rest of the next morning exchanging funny and embarrassing stories about each other. Sarah decided to give her address to Michael, and the latter was in Sarah’s doorstep the next day. One month later, the couple got married. “I enjoyed talking to him on the phone, and I really loved his humour,” says Sarah, a 35-year-old who works as a saleslady for a supermall in Seattle. “It’s funny but we started talking about our future together. Then he asked me if I am ready to settle down. I said ‘Of course, why not!’ Then we finally got married after a month. It was a very solemn wedding”.
While it is seldom for a man and a woman who have not met each other face-to-face, and who are not aware of each