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Jenneth Orantia (via SMH) | March 26, 2013
The stigma of online dating has long disappeared for many singles.

Dating websites aren't the only examples of love and technology intersecting. People have also found love on Facebook and Twitter, and through online gaming networks such as World of Warcraft.

Lauren Sayer, 32, met her husband of two years on Twitter. After he tweeted one day about needing saline for his contact lenses, she reminded him to buy it a few hours later, and a friendship was born. They chatted on Twitter for several months, then met up in person and started dating a few weeks later.

''Even though it was technologically-based, it seemed a lot closer to natural dating for me,'' she says. ''I think with online dating sites, there's a pressure to fit a certain criteria, and while there's nothing wrong with that, I personally prefer a more natural approach, because there's never going to be that one person in the world that ticks absolutely every box.''

Whatever pitfalls technology may bring to the dating process, the fact that it all-but-eliminates one of the biggest hurdles - meeting someone new - makes it more of a help than a hindrance. But it's not a silver bullet for maintaining a successful relationship. ''It doesn't matter if you meet online or in real life,'' Sum says. ''All of the same relationship rules and issues still apply after you've made that first connection in real life.''



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