It is estimated that 15million singles in the UK are now registered for online dating. For people who live fast-paced life's in the city, online dating has made it quick and easy to meet people. But have the dating apps on your phone brought you any closer to meeting Mr or Mrs right?
Everyone is online dating now, from your old head-teacher, to the guy who runs the corner shop. The prevalence of cool, new dating apps and websites means that hundreds of people in your neighbourhood and beyond, with similar interests and tastes, are literally at your fingertips.
I've always been too sceptical about the reasons why people use Tinder. I know people who have met their boyfriends on the app, and others who use it purely for casual sex. I even know someone who said he was using it to look for climbing partners when I came across his profile.
Dating after kids is a different world from dating before kids. No longer does my date have to impress my mother over Sunday lunch before the relationship becomes serious. Now, I care more about whether she impresses my children.
When it comes to finding love, women in their thirties need to lower their expectations. They need to compromise, stop being so fussy and realise that the older you get the less of a position you are in to start making wild demands about what you expect from a partner. There, I've said it.
Having online dated since time began, it is fair to say that I have had my fair share of both good and bad dates - as a by-product of this I am not someone who expects miracles, far from it in fact, I'm quite happy with half a lager and a packet of salted peanuts these days.
Life is a big experiment. People react to you differently when you carry yourself differently. You can't just keep doing one thing and expect the outcome to be different. You have to start to change from the small things, especially your mindset.
If you're single and not online dating, then you should be. But take heed! Not all are homo-friendly. So before you get going, here's what you need to know about the best (and worst) available.
Tinder Plus users can quite literally 'Rewind' time by undoing premature swipes. And they can look for matches in places they haven't even arrived in yet by deploying the new 'Passport' feature.
Single Londoners often bemoan the fact that people are not in London for the long haul. They say that people come here and plan to stay for just a few years to focus on work and their careers before going back to their hometowns or countries, so "it's never the right time" is a regular dating issue.
It's now the weekend, and my twitchy fingers hover over my laptop, much like a sweaty-tooth Hunter Googler, one feverishly eyeing a list of dating sites as they flash their hyperlinked harrises in my search engine results.
One balmy evening, following a jaunt to the cinema, our noble hero generously, though with intent, made offer of escorting her to her home by means of car. She gladly accepted, and the game was afoot!
Even though we might hear about the risks time and again, it's important that we keep an eye on our connected lives as much as our wallets or handbags.
At this time of year, as we approach Valentine's Day, I'm sure there are so many people thinking similar thoughts, but of those who say they've given up on love, most don't actually believe it in their heart of hearts. There is always a glimmer of hope, right?
Forget everything you've heard in recent years about how to impress a woman on Valentine's Day. It's time to update your romantic gestures and tactics.
One of my first jobs in my new role was to work with the magazine's global editorial team, to create a worldwide dating survey and then analyse all the answers we got back. Over 11,000 people worldwide responded to the Time Out Global Dating Survey.