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Long-distance relationships, office romances, and marriages arranged online are new items on the romance menu.

The Internet Changes Arranged Marriages continued...

One drawback -- as with all matchmaking sites -- is that some people misrepresent themselves, Manglani says. But by streamlining the traditional process, which can take several years, and giving people more options, the sites boost the chances that both parents and children will be happy with a match, Manglani says.

It's an issue that hits close to home. Manglani entered an arranged marriage in 1994, ultimately selecting his own wife with his parents' approval. But he and his parents disagreed frequently after the family began placing newspaper ads in 1991. "What they selected, I rejected. What I selected, they rejected," Manglani says. "It was quite a painful process. That horrifying experience taught me that there must be a better way to make it convenient for people to find each other."

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Reviewed on February 06, 2008

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