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Sex with a stranger or the house to yourself? Aussie singles choose the latter for Valentine's Day.

Love it or loathe it – on the most romantic day of the year almost half of unattached Aussies say they’d rather have a one-time fling than spend the night alone.

Men aged 26 to 35 were most eager for a one-off hook up, while women aged 42 to 50 are most willing for a spontaneous night with someone new, according to a national survey of more than 4200 people by Sydney-based dating site Oasis Active.

While loved-up couples flock to candlelit restaurants on February 14, the dating site is expecting a steep spike in traffic, as thousands of singles search online for last minute dinner dates in the areas where they live or work.

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Men proved to be more anxious about Valentines Day, with 67 per cent saying they would prefer to go to bed with a stranger than spend the night cuddling their pillow.

Single women were more comfortable with their own company, with 84 percent preferring to skip the blind date for a night at home.

“While many people feel anxious about being dateless, we encourage singles to use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to lock in dates with people they’ve been chatting to for some time online, and have been planning to meet in person,” says the dating sites’ co-founder and chief executive officer, Dave Heysen.

Out of ideas? Try these 10 cheap dates for Valentine's Day or, if you're cooking at home for friends or a lover or both, try one of these heart-y meals for Valentine's Day including sushi, chocolate souffle and lemon meringue pie!