When did online dating begin

She found that having communicated with the person beforehand removed much of the awkwardness when they met for the first time.“It definitely made meeting someone seem way less scary and intimidating,” she said.

“But what’s instant is the notion that there are people out there and a potential availability of people to interact with.

And much like social media, online dating simplifies the act of interacting with other people.

“If you think about how we normally interact, we’re really social creatures and our species has developed over time to be really sensitive to non-verbal cues like facial expression and voice gestures,” Hibberd explains.

“Online you don’t get that immediate response that you would when speaking to someone in person, which can deter people.” So what next for online dating?

“It takes away that difficult initial approach and the fear that you’ll just embarrass yourself in front of a stranger.