The other day, I spoke with someone who turned 36 and was bemoaning the fact that he was still single. I suggested to that person that he join an online dating site such as Christian Mingle. However, he was quite reluctant, believing that it felt too artificial to meet someone through what he considered to be an online market for singles.
The way I see it, the only real consideration is whether or not online dating works. There have been a number of studies indicating that people who meet through dating sites are happier and that their relationships are more likely to stand the test of time. So as far as I am concerned, online dating is a superior way to meet someone.
I think most of the reluctance among some single people such as the individual I spoke of earlier, is due to old-fashioned ways of looking at the world. Part of the resistance may stem from an idealized notion that you're supposed to meet your soul mate by fate. The idea of technology assisting in people meeting is also a newer notion that older people may not be completely comfortable with. But In time, I believe online dating will become widely accepted and be perceived as perfectly "normal."
If you want to join a dating site, I recommend Christian Mingle for Christians, and something like Match.com (which I talk about in another post) for people with a more broad focus, and Eharmony for people who are interested in a long-term, serious relationship such as marriage. These sites offer free trials that will help you decide whether you want to pay for a membership. If you want to get free trials for dating sites, one great page to visit is http://onlinedatingtrials.com/eharmony.php. It's of course always a good idea to use such free trial offers from a few sites before deciding which site you want to join.