More people have ventured into the potentially hazardous waters of online dating than would care to admit - and some of their adventures have been truly hair-raising.
Now a group of former Harvard math majors are crunching the data to reveal the secret tips of the online dater, displaying them in - naturally - graph form.
The Ok Trends blog found at dating website Ok Cupid have been charting various trends - such as how long relationships last among Twitter users - since 2009.
Scientists are analysing the tips, all written by former Harvard math majors, in a new article by the LATimes - and the results are divided.'I'm a big fan,' Northwestern University social psychology professor Eli Finkel told the newspaper, adding that the posts are 'generally insightful'.
Another big problem Site Jabber users reported claims about services being free, and then being hit with hidden charges.
About 16 percent of those who complained about dating sites reported being surprised by charges.
In the past, it was often hard, especially for those living in small towns or rural communities, to meet different and new people.