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Text 2 Online Dating Goes Mainstream




Ex.3 Look back at these two-and three-word verbs from Text 1. Write another sentence with each one.

1. go out with

2. give out

3. get together

4. bring along

5. make sure

6. get to know

7. beware of

8. look back at

9. find out

10.jump into

Patricia Costello, 33, e-mailed 120 men in her first four months of Internet dating. She talked to 20 of them on the telephone at least once and met 11 in person. Of these, she dated four several times and then realized she had not found the one.

One of the first lessons that subscribers to Internet dating sites learn is that life partners are difficult to find. But Ms. Costello isn't ready to give up. She is convinced that she has a better chance to find her life partner in cyberspace than in the real world.

Online dating is rapidly becoming a normal part of single life for adults of all ages in the United States. More than 45 million Americans visited online dating sites last month, according to comScore Media Metrix, a Web tracking service. Although the Internet has a reputation as a meeting place for people interested in casual sex, a majority of subscribers now say that they are looking for a serious relationship.

There are still many stories about liars. Many online daters are married and don't admit it. In fact, people are almost expected to lie a little or exaggerate their good qualities. Nonetheless, singles say that the Internet is still better than singles bars, dates set up by friends, or church toUps for meeting other singles.

"My brother told me to take a dance class:' said David Collins, 28, who met his fiancee, Sharon West, 27, on Match.com. "I tried it and met some nice people, but no one that I wanted to go out with:'

"The traditional ways for getting people together are not working as well as they did before," said Linda Frankel, a sociology professor at the University of Southern Idaho. "There's a need for something new, and the Internet is filling that need."



"Twenty or thirty years ago, most American couples met in high school or college:' Professor Frankel explained. "But people now marry at an older age, and there have not been any social institutions to replace the traditional ones-local communities, families, and schools. The Internet may be the answer."

Daniel Weston, author of the article "Find the Mate You Want Now," agrees. "T he Internet not only allows you to meet people, but it allows you to choose from thousands of them. If you work hard enough, you can find the exact kind of person you are looking for."

Of course, Internet dating isn't perfect. Online daters often complain that it is difficult to judge physical chemistry through computer communication. "Certain things look really good on paper," said Regina Coughlin, a computer consultant in Manhattan. "T hen, in real life, it's a completely different story."

After a few disappointing meetings, many online daters just quit. Those who find partners say they often think that they might find someone better-if they just looked through a few hundred more profiles.

 

Ex.1 Define if the following sentences are true or false:

1. Ms Costello is convinced that she will find her life partner in the real world.

2. More than 45 million Englishmen visited online dating sites last month.

3. There are no many stories about liars.

4. Online daters never complain.

5. Majority of subscribers are looking for a serious relationship.

6. Many online daters never quit.

7. Online dating becomes more and more popular.

8. The Internet is filling the need for something old.

 

Ex.2 Find the antonyms for the next words:

1. single

2. enemy

3. old

4. question

5. to divorce

6. once

7. child

8. to lose





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