Cupid's little helpers: Top 10 dating apps

There was a time when online dating was considered only as a last resort for the lonely hearts of the world, a reserve of the desperate and needy littered with the photos of loveless catowners. Over the past couple of years everything has changed. The stigma has fallen away, the success stories are rolling in and now online dating has become almost essential for the busy modern day professional who is money-rich and time-poor.

And sometimes it’s just a lot easier to do it on your phone. To support the surge in the popularity of mobile dating many web-based dating sites now have launched apps for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and below we have picked the best apps for finding your perfect, girl, guy or just a good ol’ time and have even included a couple for when it doesn’t all go quite to plan…