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Others want someone to share their passion for mountain biking, or table tennis, or the theatre, or for getting stoned. They aren't on the lookout for curvy women or men who boast about how good they are in bed, and explicitly detail the reason why.
"The plan would be sitting around chilling, smoking, listening to some dirty, dirty dubstep. " says a 20 year-old west Londoner looking for "some honest platonic fun". They are browsing, posting and reading adverts on the internet, in this instance on new website Rentafriend, seeking – and offering – the company of strangers, for friendship only.
Many of those who pour into the capital with expectations of a great social life may find it surprisingly hard to connect with others.
It seems that Annie, the American photographer, made a good move in trying to establish a social base before flying in. Some seekers of platonic pals are not crying out for someone – anyone – to help them pass the time. But they are after something else – someone to step in for a girlfriend who doesn't enjoy theatre, or a husband who can't stand opera. For the intellectually lonely, the Rentafriend arrangement is perfect.
"We're more at ease with platonic friendships than we were 25 years ago," she says, before pointing out that such relationships can be fraught with problems.
"It is harder to make friendships in cities," he says."Fantastic, I'd have never joined up to online dating if it wasn't for a friend of mine who set me up on your site. I've never been a fan of writing about myself or trying to 'big' myself up...... " "I met a total hunk on MSF, very true to his profile and one of the most gentlemanly men I have ever met!Forget chancing meeting a nice guy on a night out, life is too short to play a waiting game! " There's no cringey profile writing, because we believe that your friends know you best - so they write your profile for you!It would be great to hear from any girlies who'd like to be my friend!Katie x." Familiar as we are with virtual communication, advertising for someone to talk to does seem rather sad. According to Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at Sheffield University, it has.