Online singletons turn to social networks to find love
Social media has revolutionised the way people communicate and now it seems it is also the preferred way for people to find love.
Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites are used by 59 per cent of online daters in a trend referred to as network dating, according to a survey.
And it appears people are becoming more varied in their approach to seeking out a potential partner, using every online opportunity to set hearts aflutter.
MySpace popularised network dating and the bombardment of unattached people with "lovely single guys and girls" on Facebook has helped it to grow.
It has led to social media based services such as Fancy My Friend in Australia and Zoosk in which others help to hook up those searching for romance.
The poll of 1,899 people found that 72 per cent of respondents used both online dating sites and social media platforms while 19 per cent used social media sites alone. Just nine per cent said they solely used dating sites.
Of those, 59 per cent said they preferred social media platforms with 51 per cent beleiving them to be safer and a third saying it enabled them to meet people through mutual friends.
One of the reasons for shunning dating websites is stigma with 27 per cent of people not wanting to admit meeting their partner that way.
The poll was conducted by myvouchercodes.co.uk whose chairman Mark Pearson said: “Dating via social media can feel a lot safer, especially with the presence of mutual friends online. However, for a lot of people, the thought of having their friends involved in their dating life might not be ideal.”
Life & Style blogs
Windows 10: man updates PC, wakes up to find porn slideshow on repeat
Free porn websites could be shut down within months, says David Cameron
National Orgasm Day: Six reasons (plus one bogus one) why they're good for us
The 'world's most beautiful vagina' has been debunked by science
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
- 1 Windows 10: man updates PC, wakes up to find porn slideshow on repeat
- 2 The 'world's most beautiful vagina' has been debunked by science
- 3 John Green schools morning show hosts after awkward interview with Cara Delevingne
- 4 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen mocked for wearing a burka to avoid being seen visiting plastic surgeon in Paris
- 5 Bulletproof armadillo puts Texas man in hospital after shot bounces off hard shell
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This digital and print design a...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Report Analyst - Essex - up to £60,0...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family run IT service busi...
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family run IT service busi...