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Those looking to buy and sell financial assets once crowded onto the streets of Lower Manhattan or the City of London, all coming to one place to engage in trade.

Those are the equivalent of the bars that singles traditionally go to meet other singles. When stock or bond traders are trying to do business in person, it’s hard to be sure that they have canvassed all the potential buyers and sellers to get a good deal—and there might be an even better deal lurking in some other market in another city.

A sex addict might be sitting at work, and rather than focusing on the meeting the deadline for a presentation, he or she is engrossed in a dating app.

“We’ve seen it previously with online pornography being used in the workplace, but now this is taking over and becoming more around the instant sex that’s available for people online,” Markham says.

Similarly in a crowded bar no one can meet all their potential dates to ensure that they connect with the one who is the best match.

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"Adding insult to injury, users were charged automatically to renew their subscriptions often without their consent," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

The knock-on effect on normal living is massive,” says Fiona Markham, chief clinical officer at The Cabin, an addiction treatment and rehabilitation centre based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Primary sex and love addiction clients account for one in four cases at The Cabin, which has an outpatient addiction counselling clinic in Hong Kong’s Central district.

If you just moved to a new city and that disappointing scenario sounds like your dating experience, maybe it’s time to hit the streets and meet people the old-fashioned way: Hit the off-leash dog park and let your dog do the romantic legwork. Keep an eye out for flyers for groups sharing your hobbies and interests.

Even if you’re feeling shy, there’s no better ice breaker than your pushy pit-mix sniffing out that cute blond with the three-legged terrier. When comedian Dan Nainan moved to New York City, he was lonely until he joined a group that rollerblades around the city one night a week. “It’s a very social group, and I’ve met a number of women this way.” When Jill Bulluck moved from San Diego to Washington D. and found a new gym, she spied a hunky man grunting on the bench press machine while she practiced lunges nearby.

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