Getting Back Into It

For the newly single, dating again is a different and often daunting scene. Using the Internet is only the start of it

John Connor's 33-year marriage took him away from the dating scene for a long time. But after his wife Diane died in 1997, the software-company executive and father of three grown children found himself alone and lonely for the first time since his 20s. As he worked at his computer one day in 1999, an ad popped up on the screen for a free trial membership on Match.com--one of the nation's largest matchmaking websites. Looking for a female companion who would share his interest in health and physical fitness to go out to dinner and movies with--and not having...

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