It’s not just New Yorkers who are searching overseas for love.Sarah Shaw, 45, describes the dating scene in LA as “a nightmare,” so a French friend made her register with Meetic, where she stumbled upon Pierre Dubois, a handsome French painter.“I wasn’t looking to find a New York woman and move here,” he insists. Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch.com, says international romance is a growing trend, due to singles’ increasing pickiness about potential life partners.Still, international love prevailed and they tied the knot in 2000. “The longer the shopping list, the further afield you should cast your net,” he advises.Whether it’s a failed relationship or the urge for a new beginning that has propelled you into the dating wilderness, online dating almost certainly has someone waiting for you. Match group now owns Tinder, Plenty Of Fish, Ok Cupid and, of course, Match, making it the biggest player in the online and app dating industry.
However, they do have a live help service at their homepage to talk you through joining.Pros: Uses compatibility testing to match you with someone who shares the same worldview as you.Pitches itself as the site to go to for ‘serious, lasting relationships’ and marriage – which may well be refreshing to some in the current dating climate.Psychologists and dating experts guide you through each step of the process – including messaging, which is somewhat structured and scripted – and there’s an anonomisation function for calling.There’s currently a 7-day free trial to communicate with matches for free until 1 January.But size isn’t everything – as anyone who has just wrapped up a three-hour swiping session on Tinder will attest.