In Germany government financed NGOs like "Verbraucherschutzzentrale" sometimes help to sue online dating sites.This problem is referred to as "catfishing" in pop-culture and has been made famous by a popular MTV program called "Catfish the TV show".More recently, the impact of social networking on online dating has been featured on the Questia online research website peer reviewed article ""I Luv U : )!

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The highest scoring dating service was Facebook, which uses the personal homepage genre, the message board genre, the weblog and directory genre, as well as utilizing the Circle of Friends.

The second highest scoring, Second Life utilizes virtual worlds, message boards, chat groups and profile pages to allow people to contact in a three-dimensional environment.

Apart from the popular social networks, there are social websites meant just for meeting and talking to someone new.

3 popular and effective websites are: Plenty of Fish, Ok Cupid, and (where you can meet someone that has a similar taste in music as you).

Online dating or Internet dating is a personal introductory system where individuals can find and contact each other over the Internet to arrange a date, usually with the objective of developing a personal, romantic, or sexual relationship.

Online dating services usually provide unmoderated matchmaking over the Internet, through the use of personal computers or cell phones.

Research about social networking reveals that the online dating services driven by subscriptions offer the least amount of social networking opportunities.

The dating services modeled on the free-at-the-point-of-use model scored much higher as many of them utilized the Circle of Friends social networking method and a wider number of online community genres.

Such sites earn revenue from a mix of advertising and sale of additional options.

Online daters may have more liberal social attitudes compared to the general population in the United States.

Some sites provide free registration, but may offer services which require a monthly fee.