My year of dating dangerously didn't conjure up the love of my life, but it did reveal some home truths about human nature – and more than a little about me.
I spent a year vetting nearly 300 men and going on more than 40 dates with suitors I met on the internet.
That's a lot of dressing up, restaurant bills and lip gloss.
Women lop off a few years from their age; men a few pounds from their weight.
According to the dating industry, there are an estimated 5,000 dating sites in Europe, including some 1,500 in the UK alone, where 10 million of us – one in six of the population – have tried online dating.
In Britain, some one in four couples claim to have met online.
A 2013 study from the University of Chicago revealed that there had been a 19% increase in couples meeting on the internet and marrying over the last five years.
Now a new generation of mobile apps are set to transform this already booming industry.
The socio-economics of love-at-a-click are fairly clear.The growing number of singletons, the rise in "silver separations" among the over-50s and longer, more active life spans all drive demand for finding romance.Factor in our dependence on the internet and online dating is a perfect fit.No wonder the global industry, which began 20 years ago with the birth of the internet, is reported to be worth £2bn.The US-based internet company InterActive Corp (IAC), is the online dating industry's global top player.Run by the media mogul Barry Diller, IAC owns 50 brands in 40 countries, including many of the best-known dating sites such as Match.com, Ok Cupid, Chemistry.com, How About We, Speed Date.com, Twoo, Meetic (Europe's largest online dating service), as well as the mobile dating app Tinder, which generates an estimated 15 million "hook-ups" per day.