First there are people who locate each other using Twitter, Facebook, My Space, MSN Messenger, chatrooms or virtual communities focusing on particular interests or concerns.
Sheila Philips from Scotland and Kevin Stephenson from Greater Manchester met on a multiple sclerosis community board and married in 2003.
In Britain around 20 per cent of heterosexual couples met online and 70 per cent of homosexual couples.
And the trend shows no signs of slowing with sites becoming ever more specialised.
Fifty-four percent classed themselves as single, while 3% were divorced or widowed.
Tinder may also be a digital stomping ground for married men, judging by GWI's claim that 62% of its users are male and 38% female.
In fact, the research claims that 30% of Tinder users surveyed are married, while another 12% are in a relationship.
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It’s easy to put yourself out there—and to connect with someone who shares your values and interests—when they’re just a swipe away.
“Furthermore the breakup rates for both marital and non-marital romantic relationship were found to be higher for couples who met online that couples who met through offline venues.” The findings contradict a report from the University of Chicago which suggested that online relationships were stronger.
That study was funded by the dating site e Harmony.