Is it somebody who looks at abstract art at the latest exhibition on a Tuesday evening while drinking too much of their free wine?The title should really read ‘why finding love online is better than finding it AFK’ (Away From Keyboard).Now there is far less of a value judgement hidden in that statement, isn’t there? Offline there are so many things you need to keep track of—your clothes, your body language, even how you smell. What’s more, sometimes your date shouts so loudly your actual words don’t manage to come over the top; in which case, what you’re trying to say gets lost in the maelstrom of ideas.When communicating online, that’s much less of a problem; you can get to know somebody for what their beliefs, morals and ideas are, before you let all that other stuff weigh in.And that is far more the person than the unintentional signals they give off, isn’t it?It turns out that people put on profiles is entirely honest, but the big strokes are far more likely to be.The only problem with it is you can’t spend too much time thinking about what you’re going to say—if you do, other people may think you’re slightly odd.
I had stipulated on my profile that I’m looking only for men over the age of 28.
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Much of the original stigma seems to be slipping away, and according to the Online Dating Association, online dating is now the most common way in which relationships in the UK get started.
According to Pew Research, one in five Americans aged 25–34 have used online dating, and it’s also popular with older singles.