So just as Facebook has a ‘like’ button where you don’t need to say anything, these platforms provide a variety of modest cues which you can use to signify some kind of attraction without having to really commit yourself.” For many people, this makes online dating a more attractive option, providing the ability to put a whole variety of feelers out while making the process far less daunting than in real life.
25 year old Katie has been on a series of dates with men she first met online.
24 year old Samantha is a recently qualified graduate, working as a trainee accountant.
You look through different profiles and you can send out as many requests as you like.
So for me, it’s a much easier way to be actively dating.” Over the past few years, online dating has increasingly become a more widely accepted way of meeting a future partner and today, as many as one in five relationships are believed to begin online.
“It can be hard to meet people when you’re busy,” she explains.
“So rather than putting all your efforts into having a night out and hoping you might meet someone, there’s a lot more certainty to it.
Internet dating is just the modern version of the first "matrimonial" agencies of the 1700s, which helped lonely bachelors search for wives through printed ads, said author H. Cocks, a history lecturer at the University of Nottingham, UK.