According to the Associated Press, memberships at online dating sites such as OKCupid and eHarmony are on the rise, despite the tough economic times. Could the recession actually be pushing people to seek love and companionship?

Neurologist Craig Kinsley says yes: ""Misery loves company, especially if the prospect of romance and or sex looms large. Really, dating, rather than being considered as expensive, can be a thrilling and inexpensive distraction. Like getting drunk without the wallet-hit or hangover." In other words, in the face of layoffs, depleting bank accounts, and worries about one's financial future, there's a tiny spark of hope in meeting someone new, as the early stages of love are often filled with possibilities as opposed to roadblocks and dead ends. And, of course, a makeout session always provides a nice distraction as well. [MSNBC]