Traditional dating sites can be useful, but are somewhat time-consuming.
These sites are usually based on matching people with potential mates, not dates.
In their 2010 controversial best-selling book, "Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality," authors Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha argue that until the advent of agriculture and private property ten thousand years ago, prehistoric man - and woman - were basically non-monogamous and less sexually possessive.
This theory is chronicled in an online interview in Salon by Thomas Rogers and provides a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of sex and modern North America's fixation on fidelity.
But one thing is certain in this day and age - online dating is the preferred choice of most dating adults.
In a recent article by Aaron Smith of the Pew Research Centre, users of online dating are generally positive about dating digitally.
From discreet romantic trysts within one's social circle or using the services of professional escorts in the 18th and 19th centuries, to personal ad dating, petting parties, polyamorous dating, love-ins, key parties and internet bulletin board matchups of the twentieth century, people have always found ways to escape the confines of conventional life in pursuit of erotic pleasure.
Historically, most of this activity has been attributed to the errant husband, but research shows married women are increasingly engaging in extramarital affairs.Finding an extramarital date in today's world can be a dizzying prospect.The number of internet dating sites and affair dating apps can be daunting for married adults searching for discreet encounters.Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap, You Tube, Grindr, Tindr and endless online dating websites may mean more choice, but do they get you to where you want to be?In end, they are simply options, not necessarily the tools you need.