I met Mr. Del online, not through a dating site but on a topical/social board that I would say was somewhat similar to the SDMB in tone. ANYWAY, at first we were online friends and then it did progress to what I consider dating. We made actual dates, like “okay, let’s plan to meet online at 7 PM on Thursday.” I knew it was serious when my plans for New Years Eve were online, so I was specifically choosing online time over other kinds of activities, it wasn’t a case of “not having anything better to do.” After almost a year, we met in person. And we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary.
And I know you don’t have anyone’s word for it but my own, but I am a normal, socially engaged person who had no trouble getting dates the traditional way. Eventually Mr. Del and I got to that point in our online relationship where we stopped dating other people just like I would have if our relationship was in person. I remember turning down several date proposals with “I’m flattered, but I’m seeing someone right now” even before Mr. Del and I had met in person. So we were not only dating, we were dating exclusively.