Armstrong placed her profile on to research a story idea.

There were lots of good-looking guys, Armstrong said. Only about 30 percent of black men graduate from college, vs. But some black women still refuse to date outside their race.

I want to marry a black man, said Amiya Little, 27, of Brooklyn, who lists her profile on Black

She believes they only could have met online: they were unlikely to cross paths, since she lived in Philadelphia, and he in New Jersey.

My husband does not go out to nightclubs or parties, Armstrong said.

She has used Match.com, e Harmony and Craigslist, and is currently listed on Catholic Singles.com, but says she hasnt had much luck.

columnist Jenice Armstrong found true love on Match.com, the most popular online dating site, which boasts of being responsible for 6 million first dates and 12 marriage proposals per day.

I am sure hes out there somewhere, and I will find him eventually. I see them as the same people who wont buy anything online — but you get more options when you shop [both] online and at the mall.

If nothing else, online dating allows singles to meet people they otherwise wouldnt have met, said Armstrong, even if they dont form an intimate relationship.

Two popular black dating sites — Black and Black People — each report a rise in the number of black women using their services, though representatives could not give profile counts.

Lane, who has been dating online for more than four years, said she is searching for companionship online because of the combination of (her) busy schedule and (her) passionate desire to find love.

But Armstrong believes that many black women are not using online dating sites because there is a significant percentage of the black community that is not computer literate, and they just dont understand.” According to a 2005 survey by the Journal of Urban Health, only 47 percent of blacks in America owned a computer, about 60 percent of them women.