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People with mental health problems, from chronic depression to schizophrenia, have also benefited from specialized sites.
Jim Leftwich, 39, a college librarian from White Plains, New York, has lived with schizoaffective disorder, a condition that combines features of schizophrenia and mood disorders (such as depression), since 1992.
"If you're mentally ill, it's kind of a hostile world out there.
I thought by taking down that whole bugaboo of having an illness, making it all open with everyone knowing, it would facilitate things.
"But I probably knew everybody in my community and nobody I knew wanted to date me or vice versa.