This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
Several reports from highly circulated American newspapers including the Boston Herald, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune have attributed one in every four hookups within North America in 2012 to online dating.
As impressive as that number is, it's only a glance at what's to come: Experts in the field of online relations say that dating sites are expected to account for nearly half of all hookups by 2014.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.