Recession has sent scores of lovesick Britons to the Internet looking for low-cost ways to find potential partners.
According to analysts Mintel, more than 40 percent of singletons have signed up to an online dating agency or are thinking of doing so - hoping they'll click with that special someone.
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Senior leisure analyst Matt King said: "Many sites are reporting more users than ever.
"During a recession people spend more time at home rather than spending money going to bars and restaurants - and going online is seen as an effective way to meet new people."
King added: "As the recession bites, free internet dating is likely to increase its appeal across the board."