Britons looking for love online

The recession is encouraging more and more people in the UK, such as those aged over 50, to look for love over the internet.

According to analysts at Mintel, revenues in the online dating sector rose by 20 per cent last year to more than 80 million.

This has been partly attributed to the economic downturn, as people are spending more time at home rather than socialising in pubs and restaurants.

"Going online is seen as an effective way to meet new people," said Mintel analyst Matt King.

"Many sites are reporting more users than ever."

Speaking to the Daily Express, Mr King added that online dating is likely to continue appealing to a wider range of people throughout the current economic slump.

This comes after online dating site founder Helen Jane told the Sunday Sun that looking for love on the internet can be much safer than meeting a stranger on a night out.

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