For instance, one in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app; 66% of these users have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and 23% have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites (1).It is estimated that the industry is worth more than £2bn globally (2).
Your friends can even recommend other singles on the site to you, and it doesn't matter who starts the process - your friend can add you, or you can join up and simply give us your friend's email address.
Why struggle to find someone special in a crowded bar when you can do it more easily and effectively from the comfort of your own home?
The industry has grown exponentially in many Western countries.
Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.
Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.