We might like to think that we are deeply complex creatures, but when it comes down to it, we are actually pretty simple. In the summer, when the sun is shining and the temperature is warm, we are more content to remain single. We socialise more, meet new people, and enjoy the feeling of being untethered. As the leaves turn from green to crispy shades of Autumn however, we yearn for companionship. Much like a bear, our natural intuition tells us to bunker down and protect ourselves from the oncoming cold.
Best dating sites and apps 2019: Find love online
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Want to find your perfect match? We've picked the best dating sites for giving fate a helping hand, whatever your age, sexuality, interests… and budget. Online dating is the single biggest way to boost your chances of finding 'the one', say mathematicians. Stats wizards at the University of Bath — ably assisted by Countdown's Rachel Riley — calculated that your chances of finding love on any given day are just 1 in if you leave it to fate. The best way to boost those odds is to join a dating website. The study was commissioned by dating site eHarmony, so you might say it had a vested interest, but you don't need maths professors to tell you online dating works. We all know couples who met online.
In fact, it might be a matter of clicks. Those with a penchant for the old fashioned rituals of dating might choose to trade in the likes of Bumble, Tinder and Hinge for something a little more nostalgic. Enter, dating websites. Unless you are one of those people who just happens to make a genuine connection in the supermarket think:
Around one in four relationships start online now, and among the millennial generation, the number is likely to be even higher. But as our smartphones become increasingly powerful, fewer of us are dating from behind our desktops, rather turning to the digital devices in our pockets. Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. If you wear glasses or are into people who do, try Spex , for example. Have a particular passion for men with beards?