Lifestyle

Online dating clicks

In regional areas it is becoming increasingly acceptable to use social media, such as Facebook, to navigate the sometimes perilous world of dating.
In regional areas it is becoming increasingly acceptable to use social media, such as Facebook, to navigate the sometimes perilous world of dating. Allan Reinikka

YOU know when you meet someone and you click?

On the "add friend button" of course.

It seems that social media is taking over the dating realm in places like Rockhampton, with a recent survey by Optus revealing that 14% of regional Australians aged between 18 and 34 are using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to ask someone on the first date.

The survey also uncovered that many Australians admit to cancelling a date via text message or social media.

Jayne Close, owner of Rockhampton dating service Timely Encounters, said there were no other options in rural places than to go online.

"In the city there's just more things to do to meet people," she said.

"In order to meet single people here there isn't really any other options."

Jayne, who started her business last year to get single people mingling face to face, said she had found it was the younger generation who lacked communication skills.

"A lot of them just don't have the confidence because they're used to hiding behind a computer," she said.

"They live on sites like Facebook.

"I find they're a lot more nervous (at) ... dating events."

While Jayne said it was the way of future, she also warned people using the internet to date to be wary.

"I just think people should be conscious that people online can tell you exactly what you want to hear."

 

ONLINE LOVE

  • Asked someone on first date via social media: 11% of Australians in metro areas and 14% of Australians in regional areas
  • Asked someone on a first date via SMS: 17% metro 14% of regional
  • Cancelled a date via SMS: 29% metro, 18% regional

Topics:  dating, facebook, online dating, social media, texting




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

World champion bronc rider trains first winner at Grafton

No Caption

Perfect start to young horseman's racehorse training career

OUR SAY: Degrading slogans not okay

TOO MUCH: Another Wicked Van spotted in Byron Main Beach car park on Sunday.

Wicked van slogans leaps and strides above toeing the line

RUGBY LEAGUE: Slater recalled for Dolphins selection

TOP PICK: Adam Slater (left) has been rewarded for his efforts with the Grafton Ghosts in 2016 by being selecting in the North Coast representative side.

Snubbed Grafton forward called up for North Coast

Latest deals and offers

The McClymonts - Blood Is Thicker Than Water

THE McCLYMONTS: Mollie, Sam and Brooke are coming home to play at the Saraton Theatre in August.

The McClymonts dropped into The Daily Examiner and played Blood Is Thicker Than...

Grafton City SES Training

Grafton SES unit controller Adam Jarrett explains the process involved in being an...

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances