If you're single, looking for love and not online, you might want to get on that, stat!
In the quest for romance, more than half of Canadian singles have tried online dating, according to matchmaking heavyweight Match.com, and one in five relationships begins online.
"I never, ever thought it would work or that I'd find someone special so quickly," she says.
Why it works: Just because it didn't click the first time doesn't mean it won't click the next.
Then, last year, she tried Tinder, sometimes known as a "hookup app," with the goal of meeting three people.
She met Todd*, a 30-year-old behavioural therapist, shortly after and "something just clicked." They're now engaged and living together.
But stick too closely to that list and you can seriously limit your chances of making a great connection.
While there's no magic recipe for finding "the one," if you're persistent and open, you may discover a treasure in that great big virtual sea. Rule 1: Be persistent Lara*, a 28-year-old publicist from Toronto, dabbled in online dating after signing up on JDate.com, a Jewish singles site, in her early 20s.
"I went on a bunch of dates, but there was nothing romantic there," she says.
"It can be disheartening when you've been dating online for a while and you're having no luck," says Kimberly Moffit, a relationship expert and Canadian spokesperson for That means a six-month trial and really making an effort, including scheduling online dating time and commiting to meeting as many people as possible.
"Treat it as a part-time job or a hobby that you enjoy," advises Moffit.
Rule 2: Don't let unrealistic expectations hold you back With the wide pool of potential dates online, it's easy to paint a picture of your ideal mate.
Tick off all of your preferred traits—interests and looks—and you'll narrow the field to perfect-for-you candidates.