Northumberland, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 01, 2008 -- A survey comparing opportunities for singles to meet new partners has revealed life in the country presents far fewer opportunities than for lonely hearts in towns.
Men and women living in both rural and urban areas of the UK were asked how long they had been on their own and where they went to meet potential dates.
Results showed country singles often feel three times more isolated than their town dwelling counterparts and take up to twice as long to meet a special person after a relationship split.
Lack of or inconvenient transport, poorer variety of venues such as bars and clubs, a couples culture where singles aren't included in invites to social events and lack of a substantial family or friends' grapevine to help with childminding were all cited as reasons why country singles stay on their own longer.
The majority of country singles claimed the internet helped solve this problem, as potential dates met on dating sites were usually willing to travel to meet up.
The survey, conducted by new dating and friendship agency Country Friends, which specialises in joining up country dwellers, highlights a problem for rural singles in the area who apart from childrens' activities often feel excluded from local community life.
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