We love a good party as much as anyone. But the logistics of trying to get to know someone in a packed basement over blaring trap music while someone does body shots in the corner are a bit challenging. It's not exactly the prime environment for romance. Although maybe you're not looking for romance?
So you want to date someone who shares your education level and ambition? Perhaps you also want them to share your religion as well. While your mother may call you picky, we call you self-aware. Your profile will only ever be seen by those who meet your preferences.
For the past week I've been frozen on the final step of creating an online dating profile — not least because I can't think of a suitably private yet mature username. Before writing about this for the Guardian it was a decision I'd kept completely confidential and I'm still not sure that I'll follow it through. It wasn't something I'd ever even considered until my best friend suggested it.
Not so long ago, nobody met a partner online. Then, in the s, came the first dating websites. A new wave of dating websites, such as OKCupid, emerged in the early s. And the arrival of Tinder changed dating even further.