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Though, that’s where her positive take on the platform seems to begin and end.Strike one: she reports that her online dating site’s compatibility quizzes seemed “off”; she was found time and again to be most compatible with 59-year-olds from Durbanville, not exactly flattering for a young city centre draughtswoman and 3D visualizer working at cutting-edge furniture design company Pierre Cronje.--- Met someone special and stumped for dating ideas?

As you grow older, you'll most likely not want to search for a new partner in bar or clubs and the office ceases to be a potential dating platform.

Strike two: her fleeting liaison with what she describes as, “a person who turned out to be a ‘man-child’.” As she puts it, “He did NOT turn out to be the person I expected, which is the big thing about online dating.

Words on a screen don’t show personality as much as meeting face-to-face; I think that’s the big shock with online dating.” Which brings us back to our original question: Is online dating actually superior to offline dating?

Now, the perception has normalised.” Along with the facts that online literacy has increased and Internet access is more ubiquitous, the acceptance that online dating isn’t for ‘the desperate’ is a major reason why, even during a recession, the ranks of virtual matchmaking sites swelled.

In particular, more people of colour and more people from an older generation (55 to 60 ) are perusing the platforms for a potential long-term partner, companion or friend, not necessarily with sexual intentions.

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