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10/18/2012 08:12 am ET | Updated Dec 18, 2012

Online Dating: Mechanism For Rejection? (VIDEO)

Online dating is exploding in popularity, but is it merely a mechanism for safe rejection? That's the experience of Fort Lauderdale compliance officer and blogger Tony Joaquin-Division, who shared his story with HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman Wednesday.

Joaquin-Division said that within a matter of days of joining an online dating site, he received 387 rejection emails.

"That doesn't do you very, very good on the psyche," he said.

Joaquin-Division did go on one date that didn't work out, but said he believes that "people lie, and they're just not being honest...as far as what they're actually looking for, which is one of the reasons why I think I failed miserably at the entire online thing."

That said, he added, he believes online rejection is easier to accept than rejection in real life.

"The computer gives the filter of, if you do reject me even though it is 387 times, I don't care," he said. "'Oh, who cares? You don't know what you're missing, because you really don't know me.' So it gives you that protection of the rejection."

Watch the full conversation at HuffPost Live.

Read Bianca Bosker's article about new online dating site Tandem here.