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.
Thankfully, the window isn’t too terrifying (no one is saying that you have to slurp coffee in the first 24 hours).
No, according to American researchers, the tipping point comes between 17 and 23 days after the first message is sent.
They conducted a survey of 433 online daters and found that the longer they waited to meet a match in person, the more likely they were to feel let down.
That trend that was significantly more obvious after the 17 to 23 day ‘tipping point’. That its lead researcher, Artemio Ramirez Jr., an Associate Professor, met his wife online in 2005.
But it’s a thorny issue - and one that must be tackled, as more and more of us turn to the online dating.
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.
’ 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.
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.