To help you pick one that's best for you, read on for some of the best dating sites and apps to get you started.

Tinder is responsible for the boom in dating apps, and while it was originally best know for hook-ups, these days just as many people use it to find lasting relationships.

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That does mean that matches might not be quite so perfect, but it won't cost you a penny to start using it.

You can choose to sign up for the paid-for subscription to get more insight into who likes you, browse invisibly, use advanced search options and see if your match has read your messages. We like the thinking behind Happn, a dating app that matches you with other users you've crossed paths with, whether it's on the way to work on in your favourite café.

It still has the swipe-to-like system but only female users can initiate conversations.

If that doesn't happen within 24 hours of a match, the chat option will disappear. See Bumble in the i OS App Store | See Bumble in the Google Play Store A free online dating option you might be interested in is OK Cupid, which is along the lines of and e Harmony but keeps things a bit more basic.

If you find that you've crossed paths with someone, whether that be once or multiple times, you can look at their profile and use the heart button to say you're interested.

They'll only find out if they press the heart button too, which opens up the chat feature.

It also lets you know whether you have any mutual friends or shared interests on Facebook. Tinder is free to download and use, though there are some paid add-ons including the Tinder Plus subscription.

If you like the look of someone, you simply swipe right. It's only available for i Phone or Android (there's no browser version available).

It's i OS-only for now, but you can sign up to find out when the Android version arrives.