The other main reason is that romance scammers are getting much wiser and more 'professional' so dating sites need a much more effective and highly trained support team which the free dating sites simply cannot afford.
We all like to get things for free but with something as important as your love, future and security, it seems it is worth paying a little.
The UK forecast for spend on online dating is £5.89 billion.
Many daters join a site for free and never take out a subscription; those that do pay, on average, £28 a month.
Dating for seniors has become really popular and a lot of sites are claiming to be free dating sites until you actually want to meet!
Dating sites vary widely in their charges and in what they offer in return.
Click here to see a You Tube video about joining a dating site.
I haven't joined this Buzz50 dating site yet but I may give it a try now.
Reply: Mike Barrett 21st August 2017: Please do join as it is free to join and use in most areas so you can see if there are matches for you before taking out a subscription.