And if there happens to be a dearth of love in that life, you're reminded at every turn of the innumerable options available to change that.
Besides matchmakers (unofficial or otherwise), singles events and random encounters, online dating sites are the one spot every unattached person finds themselves at one point or another."I have a lot of clients who thought they'd never get into a relationship and struggled to find someone in the real world, then found love online" says Kimberly Moffit, a psychotherapist and Match.com's Canadian relationship insider.
In 2011, a cross-Canada study by Leger Marketing determined that roughly a quarter of Canadians had tried online dating, including 36% of Canadians between the age of 18 and 34.
Naturally, the continuing surge in online dating has yielded an increasingly specific range of sites catering to virtually every religion, race, political ideology or cultural preference.
If you have a taste for luxury and will only settle for the best of the best, you’ll fit right in.
Not all the profiles are looking for romantic love, however, such as a 38-year-old woman searching for a “friend to watch Glenn Beck with” or a 63-year-old woman looking for a friend with whom to ride motorcycles.
As of Wednesday, the site’s Canadian offerings were almost non-existent, with zero men and only two women; a 47-year-old woman in Oshawa, Ont., looking for a husband and a “very busy person” from Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Purrsonals.com, founded in 2007, caters to cat lovers.
Trek Passions, part of a wider network of niche dating sites, is targeted at Sci Fi fans “including but not limited to lovers of Star Trek and Star Wars.” JDate, a network for Jewish singles, counts more than 450,000 users — equal to roughly 3% of the global Jewish population.