Another friend is about to marry the short, bald banker with absolutely no ‘online dating’ message-type chat she met at a party.

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Yet many friends of mine who had previously ruled out anyone with children on a dating site are now happily dating (or married to) single parents they met in real life.

With judgemental tick-boxes they would have filtered out the very person they are in love with now.

e Harmony is another massive player, with 3 million users signed up.

But size isn’t everything – as anyone who has just wrapped up a three-hour swiping session on Tinder will attest.

The price and process mean only the dedicated remain – but equally, can lead to people dropping out mid-process.

Controversy swirled in 2010 around its lack of same-sex matching resulting in a site launched later for gay and bisexual daters called Compatible Partners, but e Harmony now offers matching for both mixed and same sex couples from the main homepage.Some find this a barrier to join, fans say it weeds out the casual chancer from those truly looking for love – and means you don’t have to wait to broach tricky topics.Pricier – it’s £44.95 for a month, but that drops to £12.95 per month if you sign up for a year.Pros: Free to join and to have limited contact with members.You can connect with Facebook so getting started is much quicker than with other sites.Too many members with no filter can result in either hours of swiping to find someone you fancy, or hundreds of messages in your inbox that you’ll never have time to read.