As online dating increases, virtual dating could definitely be the natural next stage in the dating revolution, so if you're looking for love but have previously been put off by safety, cost or time constraints than rev up that virtual hovercraft and plot a course for love. Users select an avatar and arrange a date from a multitude of date environments in the 3D virtual world. However convincing people to pay for the service when they could stick with tried and tested traditional methods may prove difficult. Practically everyone knows a couple who met via online dating, but conversely everyone has heard a dating disaster tale, and for every happy couple there are lots of hilarious, embarrassing or expensive tales of dating hell. Researchers at Harvard and MIT have proven statistically that those who use virtual dating are twice as likely to have more than one date offline, and while commonly users of conventional online dating like their dates less after the first offline date, Weopia users were more positive towards individuals they had dated virtually. And if the date isn't going well? Clearly the stigma attached to internet dating has long since been drowned out by the cooing of amorous lovers.