They conducted a survey of 433 online daters and found that the longer they waited to meet a match in person, the more likely they were to feel let down.
Thankfully, the window isn’t too terrifying (no one is saying that you have to slurp coffee in the first 24 hours).
No, according to American researchers, the tipping point comes between 17 and 23 days after the first message is sent.
But it’s a thorny issue - and one that must be tackled, as more and more of us turn to the online dating.
No longer do we see tabloid headlines screaming ‘meet the couple who found love ON THE INTERNET!
You can ‘get to know’ someone from behind the safety of a screen.
But a recent study by the University of South Florida suggests that – while a short period of messaging is fine – we actually shouldn’t wait too long to arrange a meeting.
Their first date was within that all-important window, of course (although he didn’t realise it at the time).
Published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, it explains that there’s a ‘tipping point’ when it comes to online dating.
Put simply, how soon you meet will have a direct effect on your chemistry. You could be consigning yourself to a disappointing date.
’ For Britain’s 16 million singles, looking for love online is the norm.
Studies have suggested that anything between 35 and 50 per cent of all couples in the UK, now meet via the web.