Over the past decade, internet access in the UK for 18-64 year-olds has more than doubled – but an increase in smartphone usage helps too.
Users are able to review and communicate with their matches at anytime, from anywhere. In fact, our research shows that two thirds of people in the UK would use online dating if they became single in the future.
Online dating is now so important to the UK economy that the Office of National Statistics recently added online dating to its basket of goods and services to calculate UK inflation rates.
For this feature, we interviewed more than a dozen dating websites, representing more than five million members (although it should be noted that most people using a dating website will set up a profile with more than one company).
The figures reveal that online dating fraud in the UK is on the rise, with a 33% increase in fraud cases in 2014* compared to 2013** and costing the UK public £34 million compared to £24.5 million in the previous year.
There is also a significant rise in reported fraud cases from April 2014 to May 2014, suggesting that in the blissful wake of Valentine’s Day people may become more susceptible to romance scams, letting their heart rule their head.
Online dating has exploded in popularity over the past 10 years.
Online dating gives you the opportunity to meet someone completely new. Today January 3 is also set to be the UK’s busiest ever day for online dating, according to Match.com, with dating app users scrolling through an average of 43 profiles and message 22 people on their first day back in the office. If one of your resolutions is to fall in love this year, statistics say you’ll have a better chance by getting yourself online with the rest of the capital’s young, social and connected singles - as an estimated one in five relationships are now forged on dating apps.Money Gram or Western Union) narrowly shadowed by payments taken directly from bank accounts, which was the payment method used by 37% of victims.Tony Neate, CEO at Get Safe Online, commented: “It’s great when you click with someone online, just make sure you’re clicking safely!