Just as God used the cultural components of ancient biblical days to guide people to finding love (dowries, arranged marriages, and the like), He uses our cultural context to work out his will in our lives today.
So let go of your apprehension about “not waiting on God” if that’s your hang up.
Statistics show that almost 1/3 of couples getting married in this generation have met their significant other by way of the internet.
There is no denying that our world has changed drastically over the past decade, and we are now immersed in a culture that is rooted in the internet and social media.
Being cautious can go a long way in preventing injury. A friend of mine shared a story from one of her previous churches. Use a screen name that you do not use elsewhere (IM, Facebook, bank account, etc).
For those considering online dating, I have this advice to help curb some of the risk. Do not (I repeat: do not) go into this in some Jonah-like attempt to wiggle your way out of where God has you right now. The church had a significant singles ministry and many were involved in online dating.
No parent would encourage a child to play in the street, but we do teach children how to walk across the street. The fact is streets can be dangerous and cars can kill you. Put yourself in an environment that discourages things like rape or abduction. With prayer, intent, direction, and caution, a person can avoid the dangers and reap the benefits of great friendships and, perhaps, one day, marriage.
They met, married, and had children with stellar men of God that honestly made me step back and ask, “How were these guys still single!? There is no background check verifying all members of Site A are top-quality men (or women for that matter). Tell people where you are going and what your plans are.
I would consider myself a decent Christian woman who loves the Lord, so surely there could be decent Christian men on there as well, but not all of them are. Give them whatever information you have just in case.
These men lied about their ages, their locations, and their intentions.
Then, I have friends who met their husbands online. Still, men prey on seemingly desperate women in order to get what they want. Go with a group if you are more comfortable with that.