"It has become a very useful way for people with busy lives to make new acquaintances,” she tells The Local.
"But lots of people won’t admit it through fear of embarrassment as society has not overly accepted it yet." Having been left love-notes in obscure places, Ines Becker, a German researcher living in Rome, doesn’t believe online dating is a necessity in Italy.
Alessandro Brunetta, who lived in the UK and US for a number of years, says he’s tried the international brands like Ok Cupid, Plenty of Fish and Tinder, but hasn’t had much online luck in Italy.
"But when I was in Chicago over New Year’s Eve, I got tons of Tinder matches with attractive women.
Spanish glamour mag Corazon says the footballer and stunning model Desire Cordero, 23, have been an item for around a month.
Unlike Tinder, subscribers on Ok Cupid can provide more detail about themselves.
Rossiter is now preparing for the fourth date with suitor number seven.
Or turn into your best friend." Becker mostly gets around Rome by bike, something that seems to have enhanced her chances of getting a date.
"Somebody actually wrote a letter and stuck it to my bicycle, like a good old-fashioned note scribbled on a torn piece of paper," she tells The Local. But he turned out to be slightly older than I would have preferred." Ribali says Italian men have learnt all their "politeness and charm" from their mothers, and tend to put this to abundant use when they’re attracted to someone they meet first offline.
" I thanked him for the offer, but said, seeing as we’d only just met, I might need some time to consider it.