Some sites also offer extra services, such as buying real and virtual gifts to send your paramour, more in-depth background checks and real-world networking events to boost the coffers.
It’s also interesting to note that the split of male to female members on most of the sites is around the mark, and the number of older daters (those from 50 years of age and up) has become a real growth market.
Often, “browsing” will be free, but messaging or contacting other users will require a subscription.
Alternatively, some websites generate revenue solely through advertising and are free for users.
Thanks to market-leader Tinder – and new entrants like Dragon-backed Double – a whole host of dating apps have sprung up and the industry is undergoing a drastic shift from the more traditional monthly paid subscription sites to freemium apps.