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Tell them to take a hike, and return to your boxset (or surfboard, or part-time astrophysics degree, or whatever it is you like to do in your precious downtime).
But if you ARE ready to mingle, online dating can be an excellent way to meet someone lovely.
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These days the stigma is pretty much gone, and the technology is smarter: if you simply must have a partner who's over six foot, loves sushi, and lives within 2.6 miles of you, there'll be a way to find them. Thankfully many Mumsnet users have been where you are now and have drawn up a few helpful rules...
OLD can be like dating in sixth form, but without the social polish and emotional literacy.
A vague agreement to have dinner is just that: vague.
Don't take your account offline on the strength of it. "It's easy to get sucked in by messages - imaginations can go wild.
All communication between you and other users of the Website is stored encrypted.Keep an eye out for the ones who seem genuinely to like you, and let the self-absorbed ones move along.