Fears of cheating, dishonesty, and vulnerability begin to creep into the picture. With the rise of social media and technology-driven interactions, I get a lot of questions concerning the topic of online dating relationships.

Insecurities, worries, and doubts begin filling the imagination; paranoia that you’re being played like an episode of . Additionally, there is a trend in the Christian culture that says trying to find love online is somehow not “waiting on God”, but often, this philosophy comes with a double-standard.

Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away, and some Christians are turning to online dating sites in search of romance.

Christian Mingle takes certain steps to protect its clients from fake profiles, Reccord says.

The company manually reviews all profile text and photos submitted by its members, and has developed other tools designed to eliminate fraudulent activity on the site.

Online daters should also be aware that not everyone has the same values, even among the users on Christian dating sites.

One of the first questions that should be asked, Anderson says, is, "What is your view on premarital sex?

Lisa Anderson, director of young adults for Focus on the Family, has used online dating sites and says users should go into the experience with a "game plan," which can help keep them to stay safe, save them time and find their best match.

Part of this game plan should include asking a mentor, family member or friend to serve as an accountability partner, she says.

the holidays that runs through Valentine's Day," Reccord told The Christian Post via email on Tuesday.

"We attribute higher traffic to the New Year's resolution crowd as well as to singles wanting someone special to share the holidays with, as it's the time of year when you want to spend time with family and loved ones."More than three million users joined Christian Mingle in 2012, she says, bringing the website's total number of members up to more than nine million."Catfish" is a term that refers to a person who creates a false identity through social media sites and uses that identity to form deceitful relationships with others online, according to MTV."Catfish: The TV Show," which follows Nev Schulman and Max Joseph as they uncover the truth behind suspicious online relationships, has demonstrated how these relationships often end in heartache when emotionally invested people discover they have not been talking to the person they thought they were.

Ashley Reccord, community manager for Christian Mingle.com, says online relationship hoaxes – such as the one involving Manti Te'o or those detailed on MTV's "Catfish: The TV Show" – haven't negatively impacted business for her company.

In fact, she says, this time of year the dating website usually experiences a spike in traffic."While our business continues to thrive throughout the year, we do see an influx in traffic around the start [of] ...

The very same people that would encourage you to pursue a job opportunity by surfing the net, or looking into colleges by way of the internet, might forbid you from using the online world as a means to finding love.