I am actually a psychologist, and I tell patients all the time that people are more serious and more invested in finding a serious relationship if they are paying for a service.

The free dating sites do not offer that same incentive.

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More than half, or 53 percent, of single people have created a dating profile, according to Match's recent Singles in America study, which polled over 5,000 single men and women in December.

Today, 40 percent of singles have dated someone they met online, while only 25 percent met a first date through a friend.

My husband later told me he had refined his search because he wanted to date an artist this time.

He posted samples of his sculptures on his profile.

(A score of 100 indicates respondents were completely satisfied; 80 was very satisfied and 60 was fairly well-satisfied.) Still, many users found the sites frustrating.

In fact, when compared to other consumer products, like cars, computers and credit cards, online dating services received the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports had ever seen, Gilman said.

We are both accomplished artists, so the photos of our work were very important." *— Kathlene *"After we met on Match.com, I met my now-husband for coffee at Starbucks.

We talked for hours and have never been apart since then.

"Unlike shopping for a bank or a refrigerator, in the case of online dating, the refrigerator has to like you back," Gilman said.