Dating friend pal pen
Now, I’m not for a moment hinting at any sinister goings-on.
The fact is – you’re unlikely to meet a con artist or lunatic.
You can tell more about a person in half an hour, than weeks of emailing. “It's always better to meet an online date sooner than later - it's too easy to message endlessly, and you need to find out whether you have chemistry off-screen before you down a flirty emoticon rabbit hole that could last for weeks or months,” she explains.
“Try not to message for more than two weeks, and if you're nervous, you could always speak on the phone first.
Those 17 to 23 days of messages are just the first chapter in your story. The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?
Thankfully, the window isn’t too terrifying (no one is saying that you have to slurp coffee in the first 24 hours).
Go to parties, meet new friends and force yourself to speak to strangers – romantic potential, or not.
Because it just isn’t a real relationship until you’re sat opposite each other, drinking lattes.