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More people looking for love during economic downturn

More people looking for love during economic downturn



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Divorces are down. Interest and activity on matchmaking or dating websites is up. It seems people want some safety, security and love.

"At some point when times get tough, we don't want to do that alone. We want to be with someone," said Matt Townsend, a relationship coach.

He says after 9/11, people turned inward and turned to their families.

"They seem to be doing that again now. As times are tough, we are starting to feel vulnerable. The money's not there, security's not there. We might start turning inward and circling the wagons," Townsend explained.

He says it's good to get married no matter if the recession prompts it. Research shows married people live longer, are happier and are wealthier than single people.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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