As a way to meet that special someone, online chat is a mixed bag.
It's really easy to fake your identity in a chat room. It's hard to tell if that nice Christian gentleman is for real, or if he's really a teenage girl out to have a little fun online.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.
Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.
Nowhere does the profile state explicitly that if you are an attractive female traveler, you might skip the couch entirely and wind up in Riccardo’s bed, but it’s a good possibility.