They have come a long way, having been featured on Dateline NBC and the Today show, chronicled in People, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY and even spoofed in a skit on Saturday Night Live.

Silive reporter interviews three women who endure everything from obscene sexual requests to scandalous photographs as they navigate the online dating scene. Charley Ferrer says face-to-face intereaction is the way to go. MOVING FAST IS CREEPY For the last four months Elizabeth Geoghegan says she hasn't found anything promising about her digital dates.

You may take the time to pick out some flowers or plan a nice meal out at one of the Island's great Italian spots, but before you get to this critical point it would behoove you to re-consider some of the more, shall we say, sexually forward pick-up lines -- especially in the world of online dating.

Ellen Fein is a graduate of New York University and lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and two children.

Ever since she and Sherrie Schneider began weekly meetings in a Chinese restaurant years ago, lamenting their dating woes and discussing their friends' relationships, the two have been formulating and formatting their rules for dating that have now become so popular.

Charley's bottom line: "Pull the plug and go meet people. Go to the library, go to social functions, go to your community church ...

Start connecting with people again." STOP SENDING MALE JUNK MAIL And guys, some more free advice: Stop sending unwanted pictures of your junk.

Anna Harrison is an international education specialist by day and a travel consultant by night.

She publishes blogs, travel advice, and itineraries for her clients at Travel Observations.

The page chronicles some of the obscene messages sent to women from dating sites -- even in general correspondence -- and invites women from all over the world to post some of their exchanges.