Internet dating vs regular dating
This is especially true for individuals interested in partners of a particular type, orientation, lifestyle, or in isolated areas.
The goal of their review was to evaluate whether online dating was 1) fundamentally different from face-to-face dating and 2) was superior.
Results of their assessment indicated that dating online was indeed different from "traditional" dating in a number of ways.
Fortunately, the psychological research just happens to have such an analysis.
Finkel and associates (2012) put together an extremely comprehensive review of the literature investigating various aspects of online dating.
Others have stories filled with confusion and frustration.