Monday, August 14, 2006

Internet Love: for real or to escape?

There are stories here and there about Filipinos falling in love online. However, it is also a reality that there are those who seek for love online with the hope of escaping their current situation or predicament. Some join friendship listing with the intent of meeting new people and possibly potential life partners online. These are often referred to as mail-order bride or marriage broker sites.

In the US, nearly 15,000 foreign fiancees admitted in the country have met their partners through marriage brokers. This is according to Tahirih Justice Centre. There are also risks for women who don't get to fully know their prospective desired partner as well.

In the Philippines, there are sites like itzamatch.com that claims more Filipinos are looking for love online and boast of more than 100,000 users to date. Start-up GrooveNet also entered the scene by licensing and creating a local version of There.

Friendster.com on the other hand is considered one of the world's most popular social networking site. More than 5 million Filipinos are members of the site that prompted the company to explore its potential in the Philippines.

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