Online Dating

Love is in the air as Valentines Day fast approaches. Heart-shaped chocolate boxes and red roses are on the minds of couples everywhere. In the era of instant information many searching for that special someone have replaced cupid’s arrow with a keyboard and mouse. For Lori Regovic and Jim Ellis it was love at first click. The couple met last May via the dating website chemistry.com, which sends users five possible matches everyday and it was through pure chance that the couple got linked because after just three weeks Regovic was ready to call it quits.

“I resigned. I went through the whole process of quitting and the next day I woke and there was a glitch in the system and they gave me five more men and Jim was one of the men,” said Regovic.

Just six days after finding each other online they met in person and saw each other every weekend since.

“By the second date we were talking about him moving here. By the third date it was ‘I love you’ by the fourth date he said ‘we can move in together’ on the condition that I’ll want to marry him,” said Regovic.

Ellis made the move from Milwaukee to Naperville in the middle of last December but he knew from the get go he found what he was looking for.

“Our first date lasted 10 hours. It was only supposed to be a get together for a drink and get to know each other,” said Ellis. “It started out at three and we went till 12:30 and after that date we had our first kiss and I knew it was the start of something special.”

Adam Russo, Executive Director and Marriage Counselor at Edgewood Clinical Services says it’s not uncommon to see successful relationships like Regovic and Ellis’ stem from the web.

15 to 20% of his clients use an online dating site and his advice to e-daters is not to look for some-one perfect.

“No one is perfect. Being true to ourselves and understand what are the positive qualities in myself and what are the negative qualities in myself and can I laugh at both,” said Russo. “Not taking ones self too seriously and always being true to what one believes in.”

Russo added the first time you meet someone in person do it in a public place and even bring a friend, He also says that just because you’re online it’s crucial to remain patient and not make the same mistake that Regovic nearly made.

“It’s a marathon not a sprint. It’s still the dating game just on a different board,” said Russo.

The couple says their connection is powerful but hard to explain and marriage is certainly in the near future.

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