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Dating 2012 goes online

DATING techniques will never be the same again.

It seems more and more men and women aged 18-34 consider it okay to ask someone on a date via a social networking site, a Telstra State of the Nation Report has revealed.

However, Mackay resident Leigh McVey said people should be careful who they're talking to.

"There are some risks," Mr McVey said.

"If people don't know what websites they're going onto it could be dangerous.

"They should look at how secure the website is too, I think."

The report also found that many people liked to play hard-to-get.

Telstra Country Wide Area, North Queensland general manager Rachel Cliffe said more couples could interact online due to websites being more readily available.

"More than one-third of young singles say they'll change their Facebook relationship status after just three dates.

"And they're just as quick when the flame fizzles out, with one in five almost instantly updating their status to single," she said.

"Because more than 46% of Australians own an internet enabled smartphone, it's no surprise that social media is shaping the way we date in 2012.

"Nevertheless, it seems the anticipation of a personalised phone call is still a critical move in the modern dating game."

Ms Cliffe said men and women should look at the more traditional ways of contacting people we were interested in.

"When it comes to navigating the complex world of technological courtship, remember you sometimes can't go past a simple phone call," she said.

"Also, be 'social sensitive' - a picture, status update or check-in can say a thousand words, so always think before you post."

Meanwhile a Mills & Boon 2012 Australian Romance Report found 91% of Australian women still expected a man to ask them out via a phone call rather than text.

Harlequin Enterprises Australia managing director Michelle Laforest said traditional beliefs about dating were still relevant in today's internet savvy society.

"We are seeing new challenges as women manage their persona on a digital level yet they're still cynical about finding romance on the very same medium, instead preferring the authenticity of real life experiences.

"Most of those surveyed rated their love life as most important to them, as opposed to a bit of sexy fun, which seems to be more relegated to online."

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