Telegraph online dating uk

Internet dating has come a long way since Kindred Spirits started online in 2005.When once it was considered to be the preserve of the desperate, the weird or the unfaithful, it is now a must-try for any single looking for a date.

A woman calling herself Tigger writes: “I found the perfect man for me at the other end of the country. We have travelled around the world and have many more adventures to come.

A year down the line, we live together and have shared an absolutely amazing time –mountain-biking, climbing, sailing, paragliding and skiing. This has changed my life.” I was intrigued to meet Tigger and Funoutdoors and to discover what made them turn to Telegraph Dating to find a partner. Funoutdoors is actually Andy Elwood, an ultra-fit 40-year-old divorcee who works as a search and rescue winchman in the Shetland Isles.

I realised that Mr Right might not simply turn up on my doorstep.

“A couple of friends had admitted to dallying with online dating and I thought I’d give it a go.

And they won't simply be looking to ward off temporary boredom or loneliness – one in five online daters will marry someone they meet online.

Daters can join a cash-and-carry-style site such as Match ( the biggest in Britain, or opt for more personalised matchmaking skills.

Alarmingly, Harding predicts a time when first dates will occur via a brutal-sounding video call, installed on your i Phone.

''If the chemistry is there, you can agree to meet.

''A few years ago, people would say something along the lines of, 'you are brave' or, 'surely you don't need to do that? "Now the question is more likely to be, 'which site are you using?

' Everybody's doing it – even some of my mother's friends." According to the dating site Parship ( seven million Britons, half of all single people, will log on to find love this year.

“Using the internet to 'get out there’ allows one to be more proactive,” says dating adviser Paula Rosdol.

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