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This week marks the biggest online dating week of the year (combined with the biggest divorce week of the year).

Whether it’s a failed relationship or the urge for a new beginning that has propelled you into the dating wilderness, online dating almost certainly has someone waiting for you. Match group now owns Tinder, Plenty Of Fish, Ok Cupid and, of course, Match, making it the biggest player in the online and app dating industry.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

As a 5ft 9in glamorous cocktail type who says she hates bankers, she freely admits she’d have swiped right past him on Tinder or blocked him on Match – and he may well have done the same.

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.

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