As such, since the early 2010s, the Internet has overtaken schools, universities, and offices as settings in which singles could potentially meet a partner.

Gone are the days of relying on friends and family to introduce potential partners too, said Mr Ye.

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According to data by analytics company App Annie, published by the BBC, just four apps dominated the entire online dating market in 23 European countries.

But in Asia, there are seven big players among the region’s 13 economies, which suggests that Asians have more idiosyncratic tastes.

Dating apps first took off among the gay community, helping single men link up with others within a specific geographic radius.

But the advent of Tinder in 2012 soon saw people of all sexual orientations to start looking for love on their mobile apps — casual, or for the long term.

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Following recommendations from friends who had found their partners online, Ms Peh decided to give dating apps a shot several months after her break-up.

Over two weeks, she went on five separate dates with men whom she got to know via the Paktor dating app.

Mr Ng Jing Shen, chief executive officer of Paktor Group, said that based on observations from the Paktor app, guys spend less than a second deciding on matches online while girls spend five to 10 times longer.