While unable to put an exact figure on the success rate, Redmond said he’d had three wedding invitations in the last year from couples who had met at At the upper end of the market, introduction companies like Two’s Company offer “professional and confidential” matchmaking services for clients ranging in age from their late 20s to mid 70s.
Membership starts at around €500 — but according to to founder Jennifer Haskins, members get some unique benefits for that initial outlay.
(More than half of all Irish POF users seem to begin their profile with the phrase ‘Don’t really know what to write here…’ while almost all seem to run out of hobbies once they’ve worked through the list of ‘socialising, music, cinema…’).
“So far as I know we’re the only service to have the policy that we only offer membership to people if we think they’re suitable and that there’s a high likelihood we’ll find a match — so for some people that might be a big plus.
“We also maintain a 50-50 balance of membership, something most agencies cannot do — and it’s difficult to do too.
One such story from this year pinpointed 5 January as the most popular day of the year for internet dating.
The dating site generally sees a 25 to 30 per cent boost in traffic between Christmas and 14 February, and their survey even went as far as to pick 8.57pm on 5 Jan as the most likely time to find love online.
They consist of a range of “fun and flirty” movements and poses that are designed to be done as a couple, under the guidance of an instructor who’ll help you get quickly acquainted.