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Finding A Perfect Match In An Online World

Online connections of a marital nature are not for everyone, but for the Hankes, simple communication turned into long-term companionship. (Heather Nelson)

If, as Nikki Giovanni, once said, “We love because it’s the only true adventure,” the vahicle on this trip sure has changed.

Couples are still locking eyes in college and the office, but according to Reuters, of the 54 million singles in the country, 40 million of them have tried meeting Mr. or Ms. Right online.

The love train now travels on the tracks of the Internet.

An unconventional first encounter Love at first byte came to Jen and Jim Hanke of Batavia through a guy named Craig Newmark — at least, through his list.

Craigslist.com helps users find housing, jobs, cars and, apparently, love, though the Hankes didn’t meet through the “personals” section of the site.

“We met in the music discussion forum on Craigslist,” Jen says. “Jim just moved here and was in a band, and we were both looking for people to go to concerts with. We were chatting on the forum and began emailing back and forth. We were both just out of other relationships and were a little new to the idea of meeting someone through the Internet.” 

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