“On Twitter, actually” she says, clearly surprising even herself with her answer “which in a way is better.People only reveal a very specific corner of their personality on dating sites, but on social networks you get to see what they think and feel about a whole range of topics, as well as what their sense of humour is like”.Tinder is still on top as the most popular of all the best sex apps, and 2017 has seen the numbers of Tinder’s paid users rocketing to 476,000 singletons subscribing for premium access.We’re expecting an even bigger spike during winter’s cuffing season.Those on a more serious quest for love tend to choose sites like E-Harmony, which has a giddlingly huge list of compatibility criteria on which it pairs its users.This comes with its own set of potential pitfalls, however, since first dates with this kind of ‘good-story-to-tell-the-Grandkids’ expectation can be terrifyingly intense.A study by Chicago University in 2013 also found that couples who meet online are 25 per cent less likely to end in divorce or separation than those that began through friends or chance.
Although, as Melis is quick to point out, “half the guys on Plenty of Fish are trying to approach you for a ‘discrete encounter’ anyway, so it’s probably better that they all have a place to go where they can be upfront about it”.
With dating sites being used as a form of social networking and social networking sites being used to find dates, it’s clearly a confusing world out there for the modern singleton.
Yet with the online dating industry worth £170 million by 2012, and a 2014 study predicting that more than half of couples will meet in the digital world in 20 years’ time, it’s clear that dating websites have an enduring appeal.
Both of which are completely normal and understandable niches.
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