It can also be an attractive proposition for people re-entering the dating arena after the breakdown of a long-term relationship, or after a divorce, because it allows them to be clear about what they are looking for.
“Using the internet to 'get out there’ allows one to be more proactive,” says dating adviser Paula Rosdol.
“I was working in the City doing long hours, and like many professional females, didn’t have time to meet people.
They make an attractive couple and it takes ony a few minutes to realise how well suited they are.
Tigger hadn’t had a serious relationship for 10 years when she decided to give Telegraph Dating a go.
When once it was considered to be the preserve of the desperate, the weird or the unfaithful, it is now a must-try for any single looking for a date.
With an estimated five million Britons logging on to find love, friendship or fun, the stigma attached to using dating websites is finally disappearing.
“I say to clients: 'As mature individuals, you’ve taken control of your finances, health, family matters…
isn’t it time to start taking control of your love life?
“But, as I got older, the number of eligible single men I was meeting through friends decreased.
I realised that Mr Right might not simply turn up on my doorstep.
“A couple of friends had admitted to dallying with online dating and I thought I’d give it a go.
At first, it felt like shopping and I would feel rejected when 'Dan from Twickenham’ said he wasn’t interested. I’m currently single, but the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.” Internet dating makes sense for those leading busy lives or for those who don’t regularly meet new or suitable people within their existing social network.
The internet is a good place to start.’” If you want proof that internet dating can work, you have only to take a look at the “success story” section on the Telegraph Dating site to find positive reports from dozens of satisfied users.