Gentle process of courting
Sir - Teenagers keep their distance in the cautious new world of dating and sex, writes Niamh Horan (Sunday Independent, August 20).
There is no substitute for face-to-face encounters, no matter how slick instant messaging or FaceTime might seem. Social media preserves distance between users, the safety of not fully engaging, of hiding emotional barometers such as facial expression or voice tone.
Dating before the ubiquity of social media was a genuine encounter, where humans met and experienced chemistry, that indefinable, sensual spark that happens through conversation, voice timbre, laughter, body aroma and, as the famous lager ad from long ago went - "The way she might look at you."