Aisling O'Connor: You'd be the weirdo if you didn't try online dating these days
Single people of Ireland, it is time to retire your pick-up lines. Internet dating is no longer a cultural taboo – it's a courting go-to. The 'Belfast Telegraph' last week issued a warning to those looking for love online to be wary of fraudulent profiles on dating websites. If dodgy salesmen and fraudsters are attracted to online dating, it's officially out of the closet and into the mainstream.
Stemming from the old days when unions were cultivated at GAA socials, the old-fashioned perception of the personal ad is an act of desperation by a lonely heart who will ultimately be targeted by weirdos. If you couldn't make a partner for life half-in-the-bag down the local, there was something wrong with you.
But times have changed. There is a new "normal". The old "stab in the dark" is no match for the internet.