I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.

Being able to grow and maintain your relationship offline is critical as you go through the different phases of a relationship.

As one who believes in casting a wide net, I tell singles that you really need to do both. In reality, online dating, if done correctly, is just a method or service that will get you out there in the real world to meet someone offline and meet more people.

Pro: You can easily date in groups, while developing new friendships with people with similar interests.

Con: You're limiting yourself to a certain geographic area.

At the end of the digital day, if you're serious about meeting someone special, you must include a combination of both online and offline dating in your routine.

Remember the goal of online dating is to take your relationship offline.

Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.

But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.

Pro: It's pre-dating, without the pressure of wondering if you're date's profile is accurate.

Con: Singles may feel shy and not ask someone out for an official date.

Even sites such as Match.com, Plenty of Fish, and Spark Networks' Hurry Date take their online daters offline with their special events divisions.