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Copyright © 2002 by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider Ellen Fein is a graduate of New York University and lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and two children.Ever since she and Sherrie Schneider began weekly meetings in a Chinese restaurant years ago, lamenting their dating woes and discussing their friends' relationships, the two have been formulating and formatting their rules for dating that have now become so popular.By 1997, when we wrote The Rules II, there was a little more interest in online dating and we wrote a short chapter telling women the pitfalls of this chat-intensive dating method, how to best apply The Rules, and how to play it safe.Back then, there were only a handful of dating websites.They have come a long way, having been featured on Dateline NBC and the Today show, chronicled in People, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY and even spoofed in a skit on Saturday Night Live.
As many of you know, our first book, The Rules, spawned a worldwide movement.
These women are just as prone to making the same mistakes online as women using online dating services and chat rooms -- mistakes that can ruin their relationships.
E-mail courtship has made dating more hazardous than ever.
Millions of women around the world are "e-dating," whether they meet men online or in a local bar.
In the last two years, we've seen a rapid shift in our consulting business -- today about 50 to 75 percent of the calls and e-malls we get concern relationships being conducted on the Internet.