It is 100s of questions long and asks many probing questions about religion and moral views.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.And, by the way, the tick-box that chooses whether you’re shown people with children or not can have an even more dramatic result, with 90% of the people I asked (a straw poll of 10 in the office) saying they’d chosen not to be shown people with children.

Some may think it lacks the spontaneity of other dating sites – and you certainly can’t use it to get a quick date for the weekend.

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

It’s a softly, softly approach – excellent for those new to internet dating or nervous about entering the melee, or using a fast-food dating app like Tinder.

Cons: The lengthy survey you must complete before you sign up.

We wish sites would be more transparent about their fees.

However, they do have a live help service at their homepage to talk you through joining.

En español | In the old days, you most likely would meet Mr. Right in college, on the job, maybe in a bar or though family and friends.

Today, people are increasingly getting together through online dating — especially if they're over 50.

Psychologists and dating experts guide you through each step of the process – including messaging, which is somewhat structured and scripted – and there’s an anonomisation function for calling.

There’s currently a 7-day free trial to communicate with matches for free until 1 January.

Here’s a guide to the sites to check out – feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments below – and let us know if you met your life partner online or on an app and if so, which one. Has both desktop and mobile site and an app, plus paid-for and free singles events. It’s quite difficult to get any information on the price to use match.com’s full service.