This is sold as a serious online dating site for ‘discerning singles.’ A bit like e Harmony, PARSHIP uses a patented test, this time called The PARSHIP principle®, which analyses 32 personality traits and is based on an algorithm of 136 rules.

It sounds complicated, but that’s not for you to worry about. The experts say: One of the best online dating sites for those looking for long-term relationships with professional people, users complete a personality test to measure compatibility with potential dates using psychometric analysis.

With half of all single people now using some of the best online dating sites to find love (or at least quick, no strings sex – hello, Tinder), long gone are the days when Internet dating was seen as embarrassing or cringe-worthy.

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This online dating site does exactly what it says on the tin and only people deemed beautiful enough will be allowed to join.

To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex.

Members rate new applicants over a 48-hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant ‘beautiful’.

Let’s face it, meeting up with a complete stranger for a first date can be awkward and hideously cringeworthy.

But it’s less so when the date itself is a total riot. The site is all about the actual dating experience and let’s you pick a match based on the date idea they’ve suggested. So, rather than nervously meeting someone for a luke warm coffee in a crowded chain, you could be trying out your culinary skills at a sushi-making masterclass or bonding over super-strong cocktails at a hipster speakeasy. The experts say: It’s a simple and unique approach to online dating which is great for those looking for fun and interesting ideas for first dates.

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match is the most widely-used dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.

Try now: Lovestruck from £16 per month How does it work? In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.