It’s springtime and, as the sun comes out and the flowers bloom, our thoughts turn naturally to romance. An online dating service is a good place to start.

Online dating and dating apps are now one of the most popular ways to meet a new partner and there are more than 1,400 sites, catering for people from all walks of life and interests.

Now is the perfect time to log on. One dating site, Zoosk, found that 34 percent more first messages are sent each day in the spring — and, interestingly, that mentioning sunny words like “beach” and “picnic” in a message boosted responses significantly. It stands to reason. Right now singles are going out more and feeling more confident with the dopamine boost that sunshine brings. According to dating psychologist Dr Karin Anderson Abrell, this is the time of year when people are most open to new relationships and having fun.

The good news is, the range of dating sites has never been bigger. Whether you’re mad about dogs, passionate about green issues or a connoisseur of fine wines, you may just be a few clicks away from someone who shares your interests.

 

The best dating offers are as follow:

1. MAINSTREAM

Best for: serious relationships

Free membership (limited)

5 million users in the World

Modern matchmaking service, claims over two million people have found love through their site. Users are required to fill out a short quiz to determine their core values in relation to others, and this powers many useful tools to help them find love (including compatibility scores, personality profiles, and relationship advice).

It’s free to register and download the app, send ‘smiles’ and pre-written Icebreakers to get the conversation started. However, you need to subscribe for customised messages and unlimited access to your match’s profile.

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2. ADULT

Best for: getting back out there

Free membership (limited)

3 million users in the World

Synonymous with online dating, Create a detailed profile, then find your potential partner through a criteria search.

It’s free to become a member but you can only send and receive messages if you are a subscriber.

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