Tips to online dating

Some sites are free, but for most sites you have to pay and it can get quite expensive.

It's often the case that the more serious people are about finding a mate the more likely they are willing to pay a subscription.

The Online Dating Association says it is now the largest single way in which relationships start in the UK.

Some match you with potential partners, while with others you have free rein to browse and pick your own. With Match, which has millions of members, there's plenty of choice but you may have to go through hundreds of profiles to find your ideal date whereas e Harmony suggests dates for you based on compatibility.

e Harmony's relationship advice expert Jenni Trent Hughes suggests not being too judgmental.