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Online love comes with hefty price tag

IRISH singletons are spending up to €50 a month in the hope of finding love online.

As Valentine's Day looms, a survey by the Consumers Association of Ireland (CAI) has found that Irish dating websites charge between €12 and €49.90 a month to help pair you with your soulmate.

Most of these sites automatically renewed your subscription unless you cancelled before the next payment was due, they noted.

The CAI's new survey published in the latest edition of their 'Consumer Choice' magazine found that the cost of internet dating varies widely, with most sites charging more per month if you signed up for a shorter time.

For example, Match charges €29.90 per month or €77.40 for six months, while Maybe Friends charges €22.99 per month or €75 for six months.

Parship charges €49.90 per month and €119.40 for six months, while Another Friends charges €24.95 per month or €144 for a year if you reckon the quest will take longer.

There were also plenty of free internet dating sites, with PlentyofFish the most well-known. Many of these use advertising rather than subscriptions to fund themselves.

Growing numbers of people may be in need of assistance in the dating game, as there was a 10pc increase in the number of Irish singletons between 2002 and 2006, while divorcees were the fastest growing demographic.

Almost one in six Irish couples met online, according to a study published last year.


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