Moms Everyday Minute: More Finding Love Online

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More people are going online in search of the love of their life.

New information from Pew Research finds that one in ten Americans has used and online dating site or mobile app.

Public attitudes toward online dating have become more positive in recent years.

As more people turn to love on the internet, the chances you could meet someone who may be looking to take advantage of you increases.

Rona and David Dauman met online.

"I was looking for someone that was…intelligent, and funny, and obviously the same faith. That's why I went on j-date." said Rona.

"I remember reading his profile and thinking it was so funny, and so well written, and he was so cute," added Rona.

They got married and had two children.

A recent study shows more than one-third of new marriages start online, and those couples are slightly happier.

Licensed counselor Deborah Day cautions daters.

"There's always that risk that it's not the honest profile," said Day.

Some red flats include people that change their profiles often, the person toots their own horn, uses vulgar words, won't meet in public, or are already married.

"There are many married people go online. Some of your little hints about that might be: are they only available to talk during the day? Are they never available during, you know, 6 to 8:30," said Day.

Day says when making a profile, don't post pictures of your children, give out personal emails or set up a meeting two to three weeks ahead of time.

"Nothing more than 20 to 30 minutes just to check each other out. See how it feels and you'll know right then," said Day.

"I knew on the first date that we would be together. I, I knew it," said Day.

For Rona and David, it was a match made in cyberspace.

Also, be on the lookout for financial scams.

Crooks have flocked to online dating sites, so if someone you met online asks for money, it should raise a red flag.

The easiest way to avoid a scam is simple: don't give money to someone you've met online.