‘So people are turning to not just online dating but entering into a virtual fantasy world to meet a partner.‘Intelligent people like the control they have over their character.You are not revealing your whole self straight away and if you don’t want to talk to someone any more, it is easy just to click out of the fantasy world.’Two years ago Kristen Birkin, 33, married Steve Sweet, 47, after meeting while playing another internet game called Second Life.
But it’s a thorny issue - and one that must be tackled, as more and more of us turn to the online dating.No longer do we see tabloid headlines screaming ‘meet the couple who found love ON THE INTERNET!But when Paul Turner and Vicky Teather met through their seemingly mismatched characters Andurus and Branwen in an online video game, it kindled a remarkable real-life romance.And now, after growing close as they guided their virtual alter egos through the world of Final Fantasy, they have married.Our singles community is massive, and you're only a couple of clicks away from finding a date.
He was a handsome warrior clad in armour; she was less than half his height with sticky-out ears and green hair.
But the simple truth is that messaging on the internet is nothing more than a fact-finding mission.
You can gather information about the other person, but until you meet them you won’t know if ‘I love to laugh’ means Fawlty Towers or fart jokes. It’s easy to think you know a person better than you really do.
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.
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.