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EHarmony Reveals Australia's Digital Heart

Other findings from the research include:

Textual chemistry With smartphones now being used by 8.8 million Australians, these devices have played an increasingly central role in Australian relationship rituals. One in 10 Australians say they have used an SMS to say "I love you" for the first time.

Sadly, eHarmony's research found that the same number of people has been dumped via SMS, e-mail or social media. One in seven people aged 18-24 believe it's acceptable to end a relationship via SMS or social media - probably because the same number has actually done so.

Saucy selfies eHarmony found nearly one in five Australians has sent or received a risqué photograph. This is highest in Western Australia with one in four residents saying they've done so. Across the country, almost one in 10 people aged 45 and over have sent a naughty snap.

Relationship updates One in 10 Australians prefer to let the world know about a new relationship via Facebook, with Canberrans the most likely to use social media to publicise their new relationship status. However, an overwhelming majority of Australians still prefer to tell their friends and family about new love via a phone call.

Searching for love Nearly one in 10 Australians has found love online. 35-44 year olds are the most successful as one in six have found love online. Breaking common online dating perceptions are 18-24-year-olds with one in four saying they know at least one person who has tried online dating.

Older not necessarily analogue Chuck warns not to discount older generations as technophobes - one in 20 of those aged 65 or more have used e-mail to say "I love you" for the first time.

"Considering it's a generation you would most typically associate with the pen and paper era, it's fantastic to see them merging the old and the new in the 21 st century dating ritual," says Chuck.

Chuck concluded: "After five years in Australia we know that what's important to people is compatibility, and finding that person that isn't perfect, but perfect for them. Helping thousands of people do this is something we're extremely proud of - it brings us a lot of joy every day."


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