With Tin­der and Twit­ter at our fin­ger­tips, we’re mak­ing more ro­man­tic con­nec­tions on­line than ever. But is it pos­si­ble to have a healthy dat­ing life with­out the tech­nol­ogy? DOLLY ALDER­TON gave up her gad­gets to find out

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - RELATIONSHIP REPORT -

OVER THE PAST 10 years I’ve had a pretty healthy love life – three se­rio s oyfrie ds lots of hot i s a d ple ty of i soa ed rst dates lasti til a et it da ed o e re e tly that I’ve ever had a re­la­tio ship that did ’t i volve the i ter et y rst foray i to ro a e as o rtesy of esse er I as at a all irls s hool a d sed to add oys I did ’t o fro the lo al oys’ s hool or e the ra les of the dial p to e as I aited to see if a oy had essa ed ere the rst so ds of love

t 1 I oved o to yspa e t 1 e o t 1 a e oo a d y y 0s I as re larly di y e t prospe tive date o it­ter i der a d Match.com he i ter et has allo ed e to et to o e i hat I d to e the ost re­veali ay possi le – ords ood e ail a tell yo ev­ery­thi yo eed to o a o t a a efore yo eet hi – is he f y lo e t oes he have ood taste oes he o the di ere e et ee yo ’re’ a d yo r’ t af­ter years of tra li thro h o li e dati pro les a d ee s of a a d forth essa i efore a rst eeti I fo d yself year i for a old fashio ed o rti

I a t the e ite e t of the o I a t love let­ters i stead of hats pp essa es I a t lo s of hair i stead of di pi s a it I a t to o o a date ith a tall dar stra er a d let hi e st that – a stra er – itho t e havi stal ed hi via ev­ery so ial edia plat­for availa le o the halle e to date for a ee itho t te h olo y as ir­re­sisti le

y ho se ates a d I head o t to a lo al ar o a at rday i ht s soo as I et there I re­alise y fa­tal er­ror o o e pi s p peo­ple i real life a y ore e a se the i ter et has ade s so la y lso I i ly re­alise the hat p li e is a lost art – as a ti ated as playi the a doli fter a ho r of eyei p lo es i the ar o deri hi h are si le a d ho to ap­proa h the I’ losi hope erio sly I do ’t o ho o r pare ts did all this – it’s e ha sti a d fr strati

o I do hat ev­ery ri ht i ded sli htly i se re irl o ld have do e 0 years a o – I dri d the t o vod a to i s later I spot hi e’s tall r ial a d ell dressed prefera le e’s the rst y I spot ho I re­ally fa y so I o i for the ill

ello ’ I say tappi hi o the sho lder a ove I i sta tly re ret as it feels oth reepy a d for al e t r s a d loo s at e sli htly o f sed ello ’ he says half la hi I do ’t o hat to say I o for a lassi li e a I y yo a dri ’ re ’ he replies I do ’t thi a o a has ever as ed to y e a dri od a to i please ’

e d a ooth a d spe d half a ho r hatti e e o es eve ore ha dso e as the i tes ti y – ho olatey eyes di ply s ile stro strai ht ose a d he li hts p he he tal s a o t his very i ter­esti o he has a hai of resta ra ts i ly o e dri e o es t o t o e o e three a d the e t thi I o e’re playi foot­sie der the ta le a d he’s as i for y o ile er r o ’ I re­ply o a ’t have y er ’ i ht ’ he says ay e I’ve ot the ro e d of the sti here ’

I o er a i a ard e pla atio that I’ spe di the ee dati itho t te h olo y a d thi of a sol tio hy do ’t I ive yo y or pho e er ’ I et o t a ap i a d a eyeli er to s ear it do I have a rashi re­al­i­sa­tio I do ’t o y o e er ’

hat’s e ’ he says etti o t his ellpho e hat’s the a e of yo r o pa y I’ll oo le it a d as for yo he I et thro h ’ o e a ’t loo it p o li e It’s a ai st the r les ’ ell the hat do e do ’ he la hs e as­per­ated I’ st as st ped as he is t I a ’t let this o e et a ay

I o ’ I say I’ve ot it at ho e hy do ’t I rite do yo r ad­dress the o e ro d to orro a d post y or pho e er thro h yo r let­ter o o I so d li e a stal er ’

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