Depending on your generation, you may either love the idea or scoff at it. No matter your opinion though, one thing is for certain, and that's that online dating is here to stay. Although there are still some people who meet their partners through more conventional ways, our face-paced life, obsession with technology, and desire to have everything we want right now mean that online dating is becoming the normal way for many people to find serious relationships.
The good parts of online dating is that there are some serious dating sites out there. They are geared specifically towards groups of people, such as farmers, Christians, cat lovers, horse loves, and even the Amish. If you fit into one of these niche groups you may find better luck on one of these sites than on a larger "one size fits all" kind of dating site. No matter which serious dating site you use though, you still do have to be careful, as you're conversing with someone online and don't really know who they are until you meet them.
As mentioned, people can be whoever they want online. This means that the person you're talking to might not really be who they are or have the interests that they're claiming they do. A certain amount of caution is necessary in online dating. Another problem with looking for love online is that you're one in a very large pool of people. On traditional sites there will always be someone prettier, smarter, or more willing to do crazy things. It can be hard to compete with the sheer number of people on dating sites.
So what's a person looking for love online to do? Trying to find a serious relationship online isn't necessarily a bad thing, but you have to be smart about it. Look for a niche site that plays to your passions or job. Be as honest as possible in your online information, and always take your time when getting to know someone. It's dangerous to meet anyone right off the bat, so take your time and listen to your gut. The right person is out there for you, and you very well find them on a serious dating site, but you have to be careful and very patient. As long as you are open about who you are and what you want then you are very likely to find the right person.