The very first time was 10 years ago and it led to a long term relationship with the very first man I winked at - it was all about winking back then, instant messaging was too full on and it almost screamed desperado. After a few wink exchanges we finally started messaging, despite my profile being the outline of a light grey faceless female with long wavy hair. I was too shy and nervous to post a photo as I didn't know what kind of creeps would be looking at me, or who I might bump into on the street or, God forbid, that a friend would see my profile and know I was a lonely single who couldn't get some in the pub like everyone else at university. Having a photo back then was also seen as being too keen, and it was usually something only the men did. Kind of like the first move.
Everyone is drinking, peering into their screens and swiping on the faces of strangers they may have sex with later that evening. Or not. Her friends smirk, not looking up. At a booth in the back, three handsome twentysomething guys in button-downs are having beers.
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