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It was disheartening, still, because this was the guy who would always text me saying he didn’t like it when I wasn’t in his bed.So why the fuck was I not allowed to spend that particular night with him?It’s been reflected by the explosion of interest in services like Guardian Soulmates and the dating app Tinder which has taken cyberspace by storm over the past year, especially in the UK where its user base has been growing by almost 25% per week.But what has led to the increase in popularity of online dating?

“So rather than putting all your efforts into having a night out and hoping you might meet someone, there’s a lot more certainty to it.“There used to be a stigma but when you get a certain critical mass of people doing it, the social norms shift which is what’s happened over the past four years,” says clinical psychologist Jessamy Hibbert.“It’s become more normal, so these days people think, ‘Why haven’t you tried online dating? And the generation doing it now have all grown up online while when it was first out, that generation of 20-30 year olds hadn’t grown up with the internet in the same way.” With the online world becoming an ever-present part of our existence it was perhaps inevitable that we would begin shopping for love, in the same way we do for clothes, music and most other components of our everyday lives.More than half of online daters (52%) now use a smartphone to interact with their online dating service, and one in three use a tablet computer. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to meet people outside of your social circles and work colleagues.Online dating gives you the opportunity to meet someone completely new.Globally, one in five relationships now starts online and the media is full of stories describing happy marriages which started with the click of a mouse.

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