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The price of love

In an age where we’re relying on technology to help us meet Mr Right, how much are you prepared to spend on finding love?

More than a decade ago, internet dating was often dismissed as a last resort by desperate singles trying to find love.

But ten years is a long time in the World Wide Web. And it was gay men who first saw the potential in finding a one-nighter or, if they were lucky, a long-term partner through their keyboard.

Gaydar was once the only one-stop shop to find new friends, sex or love. Then came the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. But it was the power of the app that revolutionised the hook-up. Now, Scruff, Tinder and of course Grindr have made it almost effortless to meet other like-minded gentlemen.

But there’s a lot to be said for tried and tested methods, too. Dating agencies, social events and real-life social networking are still well-subscribed tools, depending on your budget.

Whether you’re skint or have a spare £50,000 to spend, we look at the cost of finding love in 2016 – and where to go to find it.




Social media sites have rapidly become the preferred way to communicate. And with many people now choosing to tweet instead of text, and chat on Facebook instead of pick up the phone, using them to find a dream man was perhaps an inevitability. With more than 15 million Twitter users in the UK and around 30 million on Facebook, dating services were quick to take advantage of this easy way to interact.

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