If you're using an international dating or marriage agency, then expect an even bigger minefield, sometimes with an aesop about how we should stick to our own kind.If you meet a love interest over the internet by chance rather than through a dating agency, the results will be similar, esspecially if the producers want to drop the New Media Are Evil anvil.Current stories invoking this trope are less "Beware the anonymous" and more "If it looks and sounds too good to be true, it probably is." For those who still want a dose of uninformed dating calamity to infuse into their tales, the Blind Date trope is as strong as ever.
The assumption delivered by these tropes—that normal people can find dates just fine; only weirdos, creeps, lunatics, and other folks with insurmountable character derangements would need to resort to "artificial" ways of meeting people—also fed neatly with the perception that everyone on the Internet is a weirdo creep lunatic to begin with, allowing an even wider range of absurdity.
Today, the stigma surrounding online dating isn't quite as strong as before, especially among gays and lesbians whose options can be limited depending on the area.
In Real Life, online dating sites are simply another way of meeting people.
You create a profile with your picture, beliefs, and hobbies, meet other like-minded users, and chat online until you're both comfortable enough to meet in the flesh.
Whenever one of these fictional dating services matches a person with someone they already know in Real Life it is invoking the trope It's a Small Net After All.