The Wall Street Journal is running <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB1036533515435168988,00.html">a story on</a> how couples who meet online often have trouble confessing to friends and relatives that they did so. This despite a surge in the use of dating services. Instead, many stick with prettied up stories about being introduced by friends, meeting at work, or meeting at church. They often don't tell the truth until things get serious -- and sometimes not at all. Meeting online sounds to many like a risky act of desperation, not to mention all those stories about Web maniacs. It's at least one rung lower than meeting in a singles bar. Do people agree that it 'looks better' to have met you future life partner on a random night at a 3:00 AM club dance floor than rationally selecting a good match online? I've only found someone once through BBS (before the web) while not really looking. She happens to be a member of this forum and not my wife. We actually lived together for about 9 months. While it didn't work out, it was still a very positive relationship (you better agree, Michelle ).