Based on a web audit of more than 60 online dating sites and in-depth interviews with 23 users of online dating services, we argue that recent global trends are influencing the uptake of online technologies for the purposes of forming intimate relations.

This article examines the growing phenomenon of online dating and intimacy in the 21st century.

The exponential rise of communications technologies, which is both reflective and constitutive of an increasingly networked and globalized society, has the potential to significantly influence the nature of intimacy in everyday life.

Yet, to date, there has been a minimal response by sociologists to seek, describe and understand this influence.

In this article, we present some of the key findings of our research on online dating in Australia, in order to foster a debate about the sociological impacts on intimacy in the postmodern world.

The Award is designed to recognise the most popular dating website in the UK according to the general public.

We will ask them to consider a number of factors, including functionality, design, appearance, ease of use, safety, reputation, membership and cost.Dating App of the Year 2016 recognises the recent advancements in the UK Dating Industry.Anyone who began their services in or after May 2015 is eligible for the newcomer categories. Companies are eligible to enter if they run either an online dating website or app, or both.Whilst membership size is obviously an important feature of a dating brand, our judges will also focus on a number of other factors, including design, user experience, customer service, safety, reputation and cost.Daters' Favourite Dating Site 2016 is an extremely sought after title at the UK Dating Awards.It bears the added prestige of being voted for by the general public.