Synchronous communication occurs when two or more participants are interacting in real time via voice or text chat.A major benefit in the rise of Internet dating is the decrease in prostitution.These profiles can be found on sites used for interpersonal relationships other than dating as well.

Changes that online dating companies have created include not only the increase of pickiness in singles, but the rise in interracial marriages and spread the acceptance of homosexual individuals.

Dating sites "are a place where sexual minorities, inter-sexed people and gay people are enjoying a newly found freedom".

The overwhelming result was that children and youth consider their online relationships to be just as "real" as their offline relationships.

The study also showed that the internet plays a crucial role in most sexual and romantic experiences of adolescent users.

An internet relationship is a relationship between people who have met online, and in many cases know each other only via the Internet.

Online relationships are similar in many ways to pen pal relationships.Internet dating sites have benefitted greatly since the surge in easiness and accessibility of picture and video uploading.Videos and pictures are equally important for most personal profiles.Most internet sites containing personal profiles require individuals to fill in "personal information" sections.Often these sections include a series of multiple choice questions.People no longer need to search on the streets to find casual relationships.