As strange as it may sound, people really are finding true love online and of those that do, most of them have found through joining one of the many online dating sites there now are. The first dating sites to emerge on the internet, the traditional ones, offer the members the opportunity to meet people that have similar interests as well as being in other ways compatible. Although a large majority of people that join these sites do find a match that they are looking for, not always does that match work out and so it is a far lower number that actually end up getting married or spending the rest of their lives together but, the sites do enable to meet others with similar interests. At first these dating sites would accept anyone, of any age or ethnic background to be members but more recently, new dating sites have emerged which only accept certain people to join. Who may join one of these newer dating sites may depend on their age, their sexual preference, their profession, religion or perhaps even their nationality and yet dating sites are so popular today, that all of these sites enjoy healthy memberships. The cost to join one of these online dating sites varies from site to site but in order to ensure that you do not join one you do not like, and therefore waste your money, you can take advantage of promotions which are often offered as these promotions may even include a free trial. To find out more about any current promotions on some of the dating sites, go to http://www.datingsitefreetrials.co.uk/match-com-free-trial-uk/. Of course though, some of the online dating sites available today do not offer to match you with a lifelong companion as instead, they offer to match you with someone for a night of unbridled sex, sex without the complications of a relationship. If you are considering joining a dating site, you will of course know the reason why you are joining and so ensure that you join one that caters to what you need or otherwise you may be very disappointed. Whichever dating site you choose to join and regardless of who you intend to meet for whatever purpose, even though you may have met your date online, you should take all the same precautions you would take for any first date. The main precaution that most first time daters take is to tell a friend or family member, as much about the person you plan to meet as possible. You also let that same person know where you are going to meet and where you are going to go. Carry your phone with you on your date and ensure that the person you informed of the date; has your correct phone number. It is always good to try and let that person know what time you expect to get home. If you also ask your friend to call you during the date, you can always use that phone call as an excuse to leave it the date is not going well.