How long should a couple talk before dating

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It feels a bit more intimate.” Of course, if you’re nervous, there are other things you can do to speed up the getting-to-know-you process.

One friend tells me that, if she has a positive feeling about someone, she gives them the details of her Facebook account and switches to messaging them away from the dating site.

What’s more, a study by dating site e Harmony, estimated that seven in ten couples will have done so by 2040 – with 55 to 64-year-olds experiencing the biggest boom (an expected 30 per cent rise between 20).

Of course, exchanging a barrage of emails – even phone calls or Skyping– can seem more secure.

That way, you can mutually scout each other’s profiles and get a clearer impression of whether you’d get along socially. But if they don’t have anything to hide (and assuming you don’t) it’s one way to let someone in, before taking the step to meet them – especially if you don’t live particularly near one another. I’m not advising that you throw caution to the wind and arrange a date for every day of the week (although if you feel confident enough to do so, then go for it.

Many macchiatos maketh the match and not all of us are great in writing). Which of your needs did you think they might fulfil?

The sooner you can assess whether those online sparks translate into real-life chemistry, the better.

’ For Britain’s 16 million singles, looking for love online is the norm.

Studies have suggested that anything between 35 and 50 per cent of all couples in the UK, now meet via the web.

Of course, just because you’re online dating, it doesn’t mean you should discount the chances of meeting someone offline, too.

Go to parties, meet new friends and force yourself to speak to strangers – romantic potential, or not.

You can ‘get to know’ someone from behind the safety of a screen.

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