More and more elements of people's lives, including love, have gone online in the last few years, and self-promotion on the Internet in general is now just a fact of life."Short self-descriptions aren't only the preserve of Internet daters, they are also the essence of things like Facebook and other social networking sites," said Cocks.The difference between the personal ads of the previous centuries and today's is the age of those using Internet dating sites, according to statistics.
You also have a good chance of meeting singles of your choice when browsing through the science sections in libraries or bookshops.
Above all, grab every opportunity to fraternize with the scientific community in your town, like attending re-unions and convocations in colleges and universities as well as meetings and get-togethers of the local science or astronomy club.
So if you are thinking of dating a scientist, here is a brief guide to on how to go about it.
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The prospect of dating a scientist for most people does not conjure up highly thrilling date evenings.
And yet scientists are intelligent, curious and most often undemanding, qualities which are important for a mutually satisfying relationship.If a match resulted, it is unlikely that you boasted the fact to your friends, Cocks said."You probably wouldn't talk about it if you were very respectable," he said.The personals sections of those 18th century newspapers were also useful for gay men and women to meet lovers, back when homosexuality was still illegal (it remained so in the UK until 1967).However advertising like this has a long and unbroken history, and was used by many people with some success," Cocks said.From shameful to bohemian and cool It only took a few decades after the invention of the modern newspaper in 1690 for the new medium to become a way for people to meet in Britain.Almost everyone these days can name a couple they know that met on the Internet, though it wasn't so long ago that skimming the online personals for love was considered strange, even a bit desperate. Personal ads have a history going back at least 300 years, according to a new book on the subject entitled "Classified: The Secret History of the Personal Column" (Random House Books, 2009).