And Rachel Lilley, 33, and Nigel Evans, 35, said they talked on the internet for a year before marrying in 2005.
Shared values and aspirations are given far more weight than liking the same kind of music or both being into, say, cycling.Or the woman who wrote to The Sun's agony aunt in 2002: "I started talking to a man of 37 who I met online. I visited him three months ago and we knew immediately it was love.We agreed he would divorce and I would move to the US.The later you marry the more likely you are to stay together.You're more mature, you have more experience and you know yourself better.
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Christine Northam, a counsellor working for Relate, said: "On these websites you have to give details, and I wonder whether the matching might eliminate some potential future problems before you even get going with the person, whereas when you meet naturally a powerful initial attraction might mask problems in the future." But Mr Marshall warns of the pitfalls: "I think the problem with meeting someone online is that you don't have any context for them.