I have just been introduced to Tinder. It's a dating app that matches people by using one simple criterion - you need to like each others' photos. If you do, you have the option to start chatting. In one minute you can have a match with dozens of potential candidates and all of them in your area...
hanks to years of unrequited love; a great deal of which came from the girls in my year and partly because of what Britney Spears did to my heart - I have come to a conclusion. We no longer secretly yearn for objects of our affection in the way that we used to.
Call me old fashioned, but I still like to believe that the best way to meet people is in the flesh. It can be pretty fun to chat to randoms on Twitter or the blogosphere, but when it comes to forming deep, personal relationships, I just don't think you can get a proper feel for a person unless you've met them. I've been told I don't belong in the 21st century.
"Should I play it cool or play it hot?"... "I bet he's lying about his age. Should I have lied about mine?"... "Seriously, where is he?"...
Life can sometimes be busy and trying to fit dating into a packed schedule of careers, children, social lives etc. can be difficult. Online dating solves this problem and makes finding that special someone so much easier, especially for people looking to meet a new partner later in life.
As Leonard Cohen once said "my reputation as a ladies man was a joke, it caused me to laugh bitterly through the ten thousand nights I spent alone." An essential part of being a ladies man is the delusion that all women are attracted to you - at all times.
One: You were wearing a pair of amusing spectacles. Two: You were with lots of friends and I didn't want to risk you being the plain, slightly doughy one. Three: I did it by accident, I meant to like you but I forgot which way to swipe...
It's Christmas time, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and winter is on our doorstep. So what is a Muslim girl to do if she wants to find Mr Right?
For those people who say that they never meet anyone, there are opportunities to meet 'the one' everywhere. From coffee shops to train stops, potential dates are everywhere. Perhaps it's just a case that you've not been interested in them or haven't felt brave enough to spark a conversation.
On the same floor yet light years away, Marketing is the department with the best women - knowingly beautiful, charming, and ostentatious. Naturally, not a one had ever displayed the slightest interest in me.
If you want marriage and children and/or a commitment and you are dating or living with a CP, I suggest you question yourself as to why you would find it acceptable behaviour and continue on in a relationship with someone who is not showing you the respect, and love you SO deserve?
You need to be upfront and totally honest with the women you date. Tell them that you are dating 'recreationally' and not not on the market for a committed relationship. Speak plainly and say: "I've recently come out of a divorce. I'm just looking to meet new people and have fun."
Online dating has also given me a horrible insight into my own personal shortcomings. I find myself helping friends make snap judgements about people's looks - too shiny, too hairy, and too tidy - and their grammar (yes I am both shallow and nerdy). And it makes me, and possibly the whole online world grateful that I am no longer single.
So I'm sure you've all got the basics of online dating and setting up a profile down now, but what happens when you need to start a conversation? What should you say? What shouldn't I say? What if they don't like me? Or, worse still, what if they don't reply?
At that moment, our main courses arrive. My stir-fried vegetables look even limper and sorrier than I feel. I pick at them. Hugh eats his curry greedily, like he can't wait to finish it and get out of here. I am thankful for this. We do not speak at all.
They say first impressions last a lifetime. So to heap even more pressure on that opening conversation, someone once came up with the catastrophic idea of the 'chat-up' line.