MODERN FAMILY: Pippa and Scott McMurdy, of Raceview, met using RSVP in 2008 and are now happily married and have a daughter Rihannan, 4.
MODERN FAMILY: Pippa and Scott McMurdy, of Raceview, met using RSVP in 2008 and are now happily married and have a daughter Rihannan, 4. David Nielsen

The secret to wedded bliss is ... the internet

PIPPA McMurdy's fairytale romance with husband Scott didn't begin in the most traditional of ways.

The Raceview couple didn't meet at work or through a mutual friend or at a club on a Saturday night.

Instead their relationship began in cyberspace via the booming industry of online dating.

The form of courtship - once frowned upon by some - has now become the second most popular way for couples to meet, eclipsed only by meeting through mutual acquaintances.

When Mrs McMurdy, 24, joined an online dating service in 2008, she didn't have high hopes.

Then 19, she was actually pressured into signing up at the behest of her younger sister.

"I had just been through two failed relationships and was depressed so my sister suggested I try online dating," she said.

"I was apprehensive at the thought of it, as I'd heard a few bad stories about online dating, but signed up anyway out of curiosity.

"At first, all the messages I got were from creeps trying to jump into bed with me, but after a few weeks I came across a profile that caught my eye."

That profile belonged to Scott McMurdy a designer from Raceview who enjoyed golf and motoring. After that it was love at first "click", with the two getting to know each other online before exchanging numbers then going on actual dates.

The couple has now been together for five years with a four-year-old daughter and another child due in four weeks.

Mrs McMurdy said she never imagined she would find her soul mate online and encouraged other singles to give it a go.

Another couple to experience the benefits of online courtship is Shay Pierce and her husband Jay who met on a dating website in 2007.

When Mrs Pierce signed up in 2006, online dating was seen as an embarrassing last resort.

"I had a lot of friends tell me I was being desperate by looking for love online," she said.

"But I saw going out and trying to pick up at a club to be just as desperate."

The Pierces from Fernvale have now been married three years and have two children.

According to a spokesperson for eHarmony, since online dating started in Australia five years ago, almost 11,000 marriages have been attributed to an eHarmony match.

The dos and don'ts

  • Do take the time to get your profile right. Make sure your profile is as good as it can be and accurately reflects your personality.
  • Don't lie or misrepresent yourself on your profile.
  • Do meet first dates in a public place and always let someone know where you'll be.
  • Don't wait for someone you're interested in to message you first.

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