The online dating industry is massive, there is no question about it. Hundreds of thousands of people every day are looking for that "perfect" person. With the availability of the internet, finding that "perfect" person has become ever easier.
Companies are now making whole businesses around the idea of finding love online. Some of the biggest here in the UK are match.com, eHarmony and Zoosk.
But the thing is, are these services really worth your cash?
Facts about online dating:
- 81% of people lie about their height, weight or age in their online dating profiles.
- Women claim to be 8.5 lbs thinner than they really are. Men claim they're 2 lbs thinner.
- It takes an average time of 18.5 months for a couple to tie the knot if they found each other online. Couples who met in the "real world" take usually 42 months.
Easily the biggest problem behind online dating services is meeting some complete maniac. There have been some real horror stories because of people taking advantage of the services. So obviously it's common sense to protect yourself as much as you can.