This hook up app for friends (and friends of friends) is the equivalent of passing 'I Like You' notes in class.The USP: Hook up with the people you walk past on the street.Cons: If the date goes horribly, there are no assurances you won't bump into her when you're buying milk a few days later.

It could make future beers with your mates a little awkward.

Verdict: This app allows you to eliminate the middleman.

Whether you love or loathe Tinder, there is no denying it has changed online dating forever.

As a result there is now no end of apps with the same aim of helping you fall in love (or at the very least get lucky).

Pros: You can weed out people with traits or points of view you find simply unacceptable. Cons: Too many basic functions are restricted to paid membership. Pros: Unlike most of the other apps, doing the basics on POF – looking at profiles, sending and reading messages – is absolutely free.

Verdict: Worth a shot, if only to kill time answering bizarre questions about yourself. Cons: A high number of sexually frustrated virgin-trolls means a lot of women find using it a harrowing experience, which understandably makes them cagey when you come along.

Verdict: The more you think about it, the less sense Down makes.

Isn't the whole point of internet dating that you can meet someone new?

Verdict: One of the most effective – and convenient – dating apps out there. This means having a handy mutual connection to discuss / slag off when you meet up for drinks.

Cons: It's all a little too close to home: what's to stop her feeding your dating tekkers back to your pal?

And unlike Tinder, users tend to write a bit about themselves, meaning you have more to go on (and sell yourself with) than just your 5 least-worst selfies. Cons: It is notoriously 'glitchy', with messages disappearing and some functions not working properly.