Cyber relationships is a growing phenomenon - with a proliferation of on-line services available to facilitate it catering to a wide range of needs and groups of people. A wide variety of people subscribe to these services - in India for example, parents turn to services such as Shaadi.com to find potential marital partners for their children (traditionally such matrimonial advertisements were limited to certain sections of the daily newspapers). Friendster on the other hand attracts the youth who choose to display their on-line profiles in the hope of meeting new people, building up their networks, staying in touch with friends and to make new friends.
However, as outlined in this article, most of these relationships don't end well, mainly due to the 'inaccuracy' of on-line self-portrayals by either party. Others argue that it is possible to develop healthy on-line relationships that can result in equally happy offline relationships. However people choose to view the situation, cyber relationships are definitely here to stay and are likely to increase in popularity as Internet adoption increases.