Of course, exchanging a barrage of emails – even phone calls or Skyping– can seem more secure.
Studies have suggested that anything between 35 and 50 per cent of all couples in the UK, now meet via the web.
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).
Real phone calls in the middle of pretend ones tend to give the game away.4.
Even if your conversation drifts into the occasional uncomfortable silence, keep your album of fake wedding photos and book of baby names firmly in your bag.
No longer do we see tabloid headlines screaming ‘meet the couple who found love ON THE INTERNET!
’ For Britain’s 16 million singles, looking for love online is the norm.
I've only ever been on two first dates; one ended in a kiss, and the other didn't (I was on a lunch break, and he was so hot I doubt I'd have made it back to the office if we had).
And I'm fairly sure I didn't bring a friend along to waggle her eyebrows suggestively and steal all our chips to either of them.
Unacceptable first-date venues include: any food establishment where plurals are spelt with a 'z', his mum's house, a cock fight.3.
If you're going to invent a fake phone call to escape your date, remember to turn your phone to silent.
But a recent study by the University of South Florida suggests that – while a short period of messaging is fine – we actually shouldn’t wait too long to arrange a meeting.