Later this year eHarmony, one of the net’s many dating services, is planning to move on from just bringing people together to keeping them together too.

Using the website, couples will be able to go through a series of lessons designed to diagnose what is wrong, and right, with their relationship and then help them fix it.

Dr Neil Clark Warren, the founder of eHarmony and a professional psychologist, believes that people will turn up and try out the system because online dating sites have lost the stigma they used to have.

“Most people now find it a pretty permissible way to find the right person,” he said.

Anyone joining eHarmony has to answer a 436 item questionnaire that maps their characteristics, beliefs, values, emotional health and skills.

This is used to find out how they stack up against the 29 values Dr Warren believes are key to a good relationship.

It also helps eHarmony reject about 16-17% of applicants who are looking for love for all the wrong reasons.

When the marriage fixing service goes live, a similar questionnaire will be used to work out if two people are as good together as they think.

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