Valentine’s Day is almost here- are you ready for Cupid to come your way? If you’re one of the over 52 million people who are (but you’d rather not trust your love life to a cherub flinging arrows everywhere) these dating tools may be just what you need!

1. Online Dating: and More

If you’ve ever thought about trying online dating you’re not alone- 40 million Americans use online dating services. Going live in 1995, is one of the oldest online dating services and remains one of the most widely-used at over 21 million members. That’s a lot of potential matches!


Would you rather reconnect with the one who got away instead? has billions of people search and public records available to search in one place- just enter a name or a phone number and you’ll be on your way to reigniting that spark!

Or perhaps you’ve met someone on an online dating service and want to meet in person. Make sure before that first coffee date you head to ABC for a Background Check- you never know, your stud may really be a dud.

3. The Tinder App

The Tinder app is the next generation in online dating, combining the quickness of speed dating and the convenience of online dating sites together to make over 15 million matches every day. The concept is simple: you’re presented with a photo of a local single in your area, with the only other information available being their age and common Facebook friends you may have. Based on this information you can choose to discard the match by swiping the photo left (or pressing the red X), or show interest by swiping right (or clicking the green heart). If the other person swiped right as well the two of you can instantly begin messaging each other- simple as that!

4. Social Media: Facebook, Etc.

You may not think of Facebook when you think of online dating, but in a survey of people who were married between 2005 and 2012 a surprising 7% of people said they found their match through social media. The participants in the study were also more satisfied with their marriages than those who didn’t meet online- so the next time you see that cute (and single) friend of a friend on Facebook, introduce yourself! Be sure to check their marriage and divorce records ahead of time, just to make sure their status is really Single.

Do you know of other online dating tools that we should know about? Tell us about them in the comments!