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We are getting worried that we will be left on the shelf if we won't give in to them. Almost 50 years later, a young man in his mid-20s is showing me how he uses the dating app, Tinder.

He is not ashamed to admit that he is looking for a good time and his approach involves 'liking' anything female within a six-mile radius.

As soon as he clicks with a 'match', he sends her a message with two questions: The first is 'how are you doing? While differing expectations is a time-worn phenomenon, the way we connect with other singles has changed considerably since the days of meeting under the Clery's clock.

Patricia Lohan (34) of the Soulmate Attraction Formula ( was a self-proclaimed "early adopter".

Another problem sent to agony aunt Angela Mac Namara's Help Page in Woman's Way in 1967 captures the prevailing attitude at the turn of the decade.

"Please tell me what people mean when they talk of a trial marriage," asks a reader.

"Trial marriage means trying out sexual relations before marriage," explains Angela.

"This is really only an excuse for sexual indulgence, though the people who go in for such 'trial marriages' say they are trying to find out if they 'suit each other sexually'." She concludes by pointing out the "great risk" of contracting venereal disease.

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