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Oh, what a fairground ride it all was, says he, wiping his brow. On one memorable occasion, I went to an Italian restaurant with a sight-unseen, prospective date. there can still be an element of finesse and charm about the selection process. I came across a couple of certifiable “loops” rolling on the coasters. But I became familiar with the practice of “catfishing” – luring someone by adopting a fictional online persona. A glass of chianti down the screech and I realised Ms X must have indulged in a bit of pre-loading. Is the modern reticence towards communication a hangover from the legacy of the “Silent Generation”? Another aspect of current dating I find mystifying is the level of prescription. A woman I was chatting to once about life and love had a checklist of dislikes she was firm and clamorous about – leather jackets, news and current events, sport, Scrabble, motorbikes and Shakespeare, to name but a few. We all have preferences, but they’re negotiable, aren’t they? Sleep may once have been lost over the obscurities of virtual romancing, but Dr Bard provided shrewd advice: “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care…” I realised real-life encounter is way better than virtual. I’d been to a book launch where there was someone I’d noticed but hadn’t talked to. Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.My single women friends were now extremely busy on Tinder, swiping away furiously. When I eventually managed to track Live-wire down and politely enquire about the abrupt ending, she said “short, sharp and sweet” was the best way to end things. Detective work revealed this peremptory attitude was more common than I could have imagined, exposing a modern ruthlessness about “getting in and getting out”. One friend, I discovered, keeps a template of “rejecting” letters on her various devices for termination efficiency. I asked one glamorous friend when she even had time to look on Tinder. The attention of Tinder-users seemed to be measured in frenzied nano-seconds. Short and sharp is only “sweet” for one, I ventured. She regarded me pityingly and, in a tone suggesting I was mildly retarded, said, “… But, somehow I found myself on the dating whirly-go-round once more and ended up having a dalliance with a bit of a live-wire. We went from 0-60 (old parlance) in five seconds and back down to nought in a nano. Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.