Before long, the two were on such friendly terms that she willingly purchased and sent him a number of expensive items, including a laptop computer, that he said were hard to get in Ghana."We really hit it off," said Heidi, not her real name, who looked forward to a promised visit from her newly beloved in September. There were small amounts at first, then more, eventually adding up to more than ,000.
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And since 2006, about 17% of married couples have met using an online dating site.
Online daters flock towards the internet world of meeting people because it allows them to browse other singles from the comfort of their own home and without face-to-face rejection.
Nine times out of ten, they “met” their soldier on a social networking site, such as Facebook, or an online dating site.
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The busy lifestyle many people lead, also tends to push especially professional singles towards the speed and ease of online dating.
There is also the ability to weed out obvious miss-matches, or those who do not fit the standards users are looking to fill.Such anecdotal evidence throws serious doubt on the promise that being connected to the world wide web can help alleviate poverty. "There are lots of assumptions that being connected to the internet will in some way create a more equitable life," says Dr Robin Mansell, new media fellow at the London School of Economics."But there is little proof that the people who have internet access are striding ahead of their non-connected peers." Many experts are starting to agree that the digital divide - when defined as mere access to the internet - has been vastly overstated.While the home and office connections enjoyed by Westerners is unparalleled, a reasonable proportion of African city-dwellers have some sort of access to the web.The explosion in the number of internet cafes - admittedly sometimes home to just two or three terminals - in Accra is testimony to that.The handsome face on his profile page was a picture stolen from a Web site.