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Using a fake name and a fake birthday, I uploaded a picture of myself wearing one of my numerous brightly coloured wigs.

Less than two minutes after I had completed the sign-up process, I got my first bite. A small biography with a minimum of 100 characters is required, while interests and your ideal first date are optional.

In a world growing increasingly dependent on technology, it may not seem surprising that quick and efficient text messaging is replacing the primordial phone call.

You can only imagine my surprise to find out two of my 21-year-old girlfriends were both dating men they had met online through Plenty of Fish. The only way to formulate a well-rounded opinion on online dating was to sign myself up and see what happens.

POF needs to know if you smoke, drink or do drugs, if you have kids, pets or a car, as well as your height, weight, eye colour, hair colour, religion, level of education and for some reason, your personal income.

You no longer need to spend long lonely nights on George Street trying to figure out who is single and who is taken. Instead, they're listed for you: age, location, interests and of course, intent, starting with your best match. I still go out to parties and bars, concerts and fundraisers.

Why would I need a website to help me meet new people when I'm constantly seeing new faces every day?

But is it just the rarity of a phone call that makes it so special to me now? I have a hard time fitting tone of voice, facial expressions and body language into 140 characters. Call me old-fashioned, but a phone call will always win my heart over a text message.