A few months ago, my boyfriend and I called it a day, went our separate ways, decided to draw a line in the sand, took a breather… Probably not, but at least it oils the wheels of conversation, making others feel less awkward.Blessed with a friendship that predates our romance, Andrew and I have decided that we want to re-knit those treasured old threads.It was at her boss's wedding that Sophie Holland decided, with stone-cold certainty, that she wanted to be next down the aisle. Simon, one of her closest friends for the previous three years. We'd stayed overnight at his parents' house, and I woke up and thought, "I am going to ask him to marry me."' Until then Sophie, 40, had worked alongside Simon, 44, in a fabric shop in Soho, London.She'd found this affable, gentle man appealing as a shoulder to cry on when her succession of thrilling but chaotic relationships dissolved.But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.
In a poll conducted for the women's website 83 per cent of female participants believed that a purely platonic friendship could exist between men and women.The reality is that when friends become lovers the shift in their emotions is usually gradual.In fact, it's so subtle they don't even notice it's happening until the moment a kindly hug becomes loaded with intention.On her screen, images of men appeared and then disappeared to the left and right, depending on the direction in which she wiped.I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.