Still, take heart all you web-searching daters; there are new venues to visit in the world of online dating. Have you ever thought about a virtual relationship? In Second Life, and other sites like it, you can interact with others through the means of avatars.
It’s one of Japan’s biggest gaming phenomenons called Love Plus - available on the Nintendo portable consoles and the i Phone.“There is no friction in these relationships, obviously,” says Loulou d’Aki, a Swedish photographer who documented a number of Japanese players earlier this year.
Chilling on the beach, kicking party nights, right through to cosy times with another - Club Cooee has got it all.
Divorced, looking for love, (or just a decent person to date) in the age of Internet social media?
Some Japanese men are wooing girlfriends who don’t exist.
While they can only interact with their partner through a pre-written script, these virtual beauties — Rinko, Manaka or Nene — offer a kind of instant emotional connection at the tap of a stylus.