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Free services like OKCupid and Tinder are more popular among millennials, while older users are more likely to use a paid subscription-based dating website or app such as

Of course, even if you pick the best site for you, even the best online match can't guarantee that you'll feel chemistry.

"It can be discouraging." "Online dating is different from shopping for other kinds of things like a sweater," said Margot Gilman, a money editor at Consumer Reports. With dating, the sweater has to like you back." Even though so many customers report frustrations with the site, a surprising 44 percent of respondents who tried online dating say they have entered a serious long-term relationship or have gotten married thanks to dating online services.

"I was about to give up online dating completely, and then I got a message from Brian," said Emsley.

Online dating services were a $2.1 billion industry in 2012 with at least 1,500 websites in the United States, according to Market

About 40 million people in the United States used at least one dating mobile application or website in 2012, according to Statistic Brain, which is a research company.

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The most important piece of advice the study offers is to be patient while searching and to meet the matches you like early in the process to avoid being surprised later.

You can learn more about digital matchmaking with Consumer Reports' online dating guide.

It's very common for online daters to end up dissatisfied with their results.