A match made in heaven?

Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC
Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC

When a relationship ends it is common advice to cut your losses and move on.

Relationship gurus and self-help books have spent years harping on about looking to the future and not dwelling on the past.

Photograph of couple ripped in half

Photograph of couple ripped in half

It seems logical - I mean when you go through the heartbreak of splitting up with a former flame it’s difficult to even see pictures of them let alone bump into them in the supermarket (usually when you’ve left the house with no make-up on.)

So I was more than a little surprised to read about an online dating site using new technology to match singletons up with a potential suitor who looks just like their ex.

I know most people have a “type” - eg, tall, dark, handsome and bearing a striking resemblance to David Beckham - but searching for a carbon copy of an ex is just plain weird.

But nevertheless dating site Match.com is now offering this sci-fi service that uses state of the art image recognition software to find new dates who fit this type, based on pictures of old flames.

Users are asked to send a photo of their ex so it can then be used to find matches with similar characteristics.

The company said it uses a hybrid approach to find people partners, combining in-depth personality assessments with the facial recognition technology.

The popular dating site has started offering the service thanks to a partnership with company Three Day Rule.

As well as finding your ex’s doppelgänger the service also includes a dating guru who will meet up with users to talk about their ideal partner and give tips on what not to do on a first date.

So if you’re missing your ex, fear not. You could be linking arms with a look-alike lover before the week is out.

It’s just embarrassing really. If you end up someone who bares an uncanny resemblance to your former flame the first thing people will think is ‘they’re obviously not over their ex’.

And before you dash off and download this life changing app, I’m afraid to say it’s currently only available in America and comes at a hefty price.

As well as costing you your self respect, this new service will also reportedly cost a whopping $5,000 for a six month membership.

Online dating is becoming the norm and I for one can see why. There should be no stigma attached to it, but this is a step too far.

But before you go cutting the head off your ex in those once treasured snaps think twice they could hold the key to your new romance........as if.