“On Twitter, actually” she says, clearly surprising even herself with her answer “which in a way is better.
People only reveal a very specific corner of their personality on dating sites, but on social networks you get to see what they think and feel about a whole range of topics, as well as what their sense of humour is like”.
Yet with the online dating industry worth £170 million by 2012, and a 2014 study predicting that more than half of couples will meet in the digital world in 20 years’ time, it’s clear that dating websites have an enduring appeal.“When someone expresses an interest in you, whether it’s with a message, a ‘like’ or a ‘wink’ it’s like ‘BOOM! It’s this little daily self-esteem boost – A way of flirting with no consequences and without even having the leave the house”.I ask her how she met the last man she went on a real date with.I’m on set at a Zombie-Valentine-themed boutique lingerie shoot (don’t ask) chatting to long-term single, serial-dating model Melis*.She’s tried pretty much every mainstream online site going, but confesses that she isn’t really looking for love.“It’s more like a game of snap” she tells me."I basically had been receiving spam directly referencing information that could only have come from the Soulmates database," "It's all information that I was happy to put online at one point anyway, but when it's used outside of context like that it does feel a lot more creepy." The user told the BBC that they alerted Guardian Soulmates in November last year and received an email confirming what had happened in late April.