It used to be parents who worried about their children being picked up by unsavory types in bars and other seedy hang-outs.
Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.
But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.
“My friends advised me to go online and try to find someone to share my life with,” she says via Skype.
Firefly spent a lot of time on her profile, thinking she needed to be entirely honest and open if she hoped to really connect with someone.