Traditional dating and internet dating the pros and cons
That colleague of yours who was recently dumped and who makes your insides flutter? After swiping right on your barista, however, the chances are you might also come across: clients, bosses, employees, patients, and of course, cousins.
Which might be awkward if you have a profile pic with an open shirt on Dingli cliffs, or if you set your target age window too wide and they're half your age.
Of course, this takes away some of the mystery of the process. With such a small pool of young, single people on the island, there's also a decent chance that you'll actually come across your current crush.
Plus you might find out stuff from their Facebook page that will put you off before you've even given them a chance. That hot barista who makes you walk an extra ten minutes for your coffee?
For the millennials who grew up with social media, it's a natural extension of their screen-staring social life, whereas for older singletons it's just done in hope that it will be a quicker, easier and healthier alternative to dragging themselves around Gianpula on weekends, hoping that if they get tipsy enough and wear their tightest outfit, magic will happen.
But there are some differences when using online dating in Malta, compared to busier cities abroad. Some are definitely not: Many aspects of dating in Malta are related to our tiny size (of island).
So it's easy to Facebook-stalk them, even if you only have a photo and a first name.
One thing that frustrates me about online dating is that I tend to meet a lot of people who have either just moved to town or don’t have a large friend group (and therefore, don’t understand my need to spend time with mine).
Follow @Canoe Lifestyle Is it better to meet people online or in person?
This is the modern dating equivalent of the old chicken and egg question.
You may consider yourself an independent, cosmopolitan world citizen, but if the lovely Eva's only previous Maltese date was with Redeemer, who is approaching 40, lives with his mum and was growing a beard for the Good Friday procession, she can be forgiven for having reservations about us Maltesers. You're rarely more than a few minutes away, and most people drive, so you have a long list of wine bars, promenades, bars or cafes to choose from, within easy reach of both of you.
Whichever one you pick, even if it's a rainy Tuesday evening, you are going to bump into someone you know. Suddenly half the world knows you were sipping cocktails with a tall dark stranger.