With half of all single people now using some of the best online dating sites to find love (or at least quick, no strings sex – hello, Tinder), long gone are the days when Internet dating was seen as embarrassing or cringe-worthy.

Now its about as normal (but way more fun) as Internet banking.

It works in the most traditional way: Simply create a profile, check out your potential matches, send them a few messages and then arrange to meet for a date.

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Plenty of Fish works by asking users to take a special POF Relationship Chemistry Predictor test, which measures self-confidence, family-orientation, self-control, social dependency and easygoingness. The experts say: This is great if you want free access to a large database of single people.

You’re then matched to those most compatible to you. It has a compatibility matching system that includes areas such as self-confidence, openness and family.

Try now: Lovestruck from £16 per month How does it work? In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.

You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.

Aspiring members have to pass a 48-hour peer vote to be accepted as one of the ‘beautiful people’.

They regularly host members’ events where allegedly you have to look as attractive as your profile photo otherwise entry to the venue is refused.Try now: e Harmony from £9.95 per month How does it work?match is the most widely-used dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.It works on the premise your friend can sell you better than you can but they can also embarrass you too.MSF has a more chatty style in the profile and gives you a greater insight into your potential date’s world.Just sign up, do the test and get chatting to all those love-compatible people out there. Functionality is limited as the site is more geared up to helping you find a long term partner rather than flirting randomly with people you like the look of. There is also a specific gay version of the site for those looking for a serious committed relationship with a same sex partner.