And even when you only speak your native tongue (if not English) then you can still reach more people than you will ever be able to meet in a bar.
You can write at daytime, at your work, during one of these dull and lonely evenings, in the middle of the night when the bed's too big again.
Doesn't matter: you can choose time and place yourself.
Maybe you only want someone who lives just around the corner, but let me tell you this: the international aspect of online dating adds some extra flavor, which you will never regret to try.
Other countries means other cultures, and other cultures are not scary, no, they enrich your life.
They broaden your view, tell you what's strange about your own culture, and show you things you had never dreamt of.
Besides, it's very exciting to go on holiday knowing you'll meet this mysterious man or woman for the first time. And if love is true and the country nice, you have a great holiday destination for the future as well.
Online dating is also honest. O.K., there are people who place an ad without taking it seriously, and some might even try to scam you, but that's not different from the real world.
If you take the right precautions and use your brains, you will only meet men or women who don't hide their intentions.
On the net you do not have to say 'Can I buy you drink', then wait for hours, weeks, sometimes months - or even years - to find out that your 'partner' liked the drink more than you or already had someone else.
No, on the net the world is simple and clear. By just putting an ad, people say: 'I want love'. Now, that's an opening sentence!
When starting points are so obvious, it's also much easier to speak about issues that really matter.
What do you expect from life?
What kind of relationship would you prefer?
Do you want children?
Just a few questions you will never ask a boy or girl in a crowded bar or noisy discotheque, while being watched by your and his or her friends.
But when you write an email you CAN ask it, and you don't have to wait for the right moment.
If you don't limit your correspondence to superficial talk, but achieve real in depth communication, you save a lot of time. So invest in your writing skills and be honest, and your relationship will benefit from it for years.