The first week of the year is generally the busiest time for online-dating services.

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In fact, it can be terrifying to wade through thousands of nearby matches in the hopes of finding someone decent (who thinks you're decent, too).

To make things a little less intimidating, we rounded up some of the most practical online-dating advice we published this year.

Read on to learn the tricks of the trade — and the biggest mistakes to avoid.

Research suggests that we're more attracted to people in expansive — as opposed to contracted — postures, even if we don't consciously realize it.

While e Harmony routinely monitors account activity and investigates all complaints of unusual, inappropriate or falsified accounts, e Harmony does not conduct criminal background checks at the time an account is registered.

As with any personal interaction, keep in mind it is always possible for people to misrepresent themselves.

There is no substitution for acting with caution when communicating with someone you are just getting to know.

Here are some essential 'rules-of-the-road' for safely navigating any relationship, but especially one that begins online.

Finding the kind of love that lasts a lifetime online is not only possible, but likely.