from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a billion industry.Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.

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It's kind of old-fashioned, but that's what I liked about it.

Julie and I met over coffee and had a lengthy interview.

Dates that made me cringe in the moment—and then continue to cringe for days afterward.

I was tired of dipping my toe into the miasma of online dating.

I would let the woman pick the location of where to meet, and see what there is to do in the area....maybe have a few things to pick from. If you are the one who is asking, you should be funding the evening. I state this for the record because I've known guys who have had this expectation.

It doesn't have to be an expensive date, as you can find things to do that are free/low cost. Going out to dinner is considered more serious than just lunch. However, this is important, there should be no strings attached when you are paying for something. It's a creepy vibe to give, if there is that expectation.

Her service is exactly what the title suggests: You have to know someone who knows her.

Clients are by referral only; you're ostensibly introduced to a potential mate by someone you know.

But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about?