These days, most people stay in touch by “liking” photos, responding directly to someone’s Instagram or Snapchat story, emailing them or video-calling them through Facebook or Skype.If and when someone actually does call you on an actual phone, chances are you won’t pick up.I also followed a man called Jeff, something that means Wiith will notify me when he creates an event, and told some bloke called Youcef I’d join him for a run on tomorrow at 9pm. It’s true that the current market for community-based dating and networking is becoming increasingly saturated.Youcef actually approved my coming along, and as I write this very sentence has just pinged me to say ‘hey’. A fresh dating app seems to spring up every month, and friendship platforms are following suit – today, the young, mobile generation appreciates the practicality and instantaneous nature of forming relationships by scrolling through pictures and sending a few messages.“Sometimes, when I can’t get through to a friend [by phone], I’ll message them on Facebook and they’re more likely to answer quicker,” Ed Hutchinson, a 27-year-old real estate agent based in Los Angeles, told The Post.Research from 2015 found 62 percent of teens share their social media username as one of the first pieces of information when meeting someone new.“Similarly, we are less and less afraid of presenting more of our identity across social media, making it easier to keep our contacts, memories and interests in one place.” Indeed, there’s a lot you can learn about someone from their socials.
• The Tinderisation of modern life is on the rise I arranged a coffee meet-up for Saturday at 5.30pm, which after half an hour a guy called Harpal said he was coming to.Peoplehunt exists, too, although it is now mainly a tool for finding others who might be able to help you with something (language exchange classes are popular on the format). Only later, once essentially vetted through passive or not-so-passive observation of someone’s timeline, do phone numbers get exchanged. David Marcus, who runs Facebook’s Messaging app, predicted the death of the phone number as one of five trends to expect in 2016, and the forecast rings true now.A few weeks earlier I had tried to give my number to a girl in a cinema café in Brixton.I wrote it on a postcard I’d been using as a bookmark.