So what are the options for Irish people looking to find someone to love, date, or even just to distract them from the fact that it’s still winter?

Is everyone going online, or are more traditional forums the best option?

Free sites will have more members (so more choice) but that means more admin on your side.

Wading through thousands of options might sound like fun in the beginning but leads to online dating burnout.

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.

On the other end of the spectrum is Plenty of Fish.

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