An abundance of success stories from people who found a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a fling or a spouse online has persuaded many more to give online personals a try.

And now that the generation of young adults that grew up with the Internet is coming of dating age, they are taking to instant messaging to connect with strangers the way their parents used to gravitate to singles bars.

Most online dating services say the under 30 age group is its fastest growing segment and that use is especially strong among people under 25. But these services have members in all demographics, including seniors. More here.