Whatsapp Malta, like most of the western world, has seen a rise in online dating over the past few years. But there are some differences when using online dating in Malta, compared to busier cities abroad. Some are them are plus points. Some are definitely not: Geography Pro Many aspects of dating in Malta are related to our tiny size of island. You might remember your secondary school geography teacher telling you that we're all of 27km in length.
So if you're using Tinder, you just set your target radius to around 35km because, you know, Gozitans , and boom, you've covered everyone. Con Tinder thankfully takes just moments to set up, but other, more traditional dating sites ask for a lot of details before dropping you in the pool, and claim that the information about you helps them make better matches. But it's not uncommon to spend a good thirty minutes filling out details, and then suddenly you sign in and you see that there are only about seven other Maltese, and most of them look like your ex-geography teacher.
So you write off the past hour and get out fast, deleting all traces as you go. Stalking potential Pro Some apps show you if you and your potential match have any Facebook friends in common, which in Malta is the norm, not the exception. So it's easy to Facebook-stalk them, even if you only have a photo and a first name. All you need is a mutual friend with a searchable friends list, and voila, you can see some extra profile pics and maybe more.
Con Of course, this takes away some of the mystery of the process. So what if they're avid flamingo hunters? Maybe they're a lovely person. Familiarity Pro With such a small pool of young, single people on the island, there's also a decent chance that you'll actually come across your current crush.
That hot barista who makes you walk an extra ten minutes for your coffee? That colleague of yours who was recently dumped and who makes your insides flutter? If they're single, they might be on Tinder. Con After swiping right on your barista, however, the chances are you might also come across: Which might be awkward if you have a profile pic with an open shirt on Dingli cliffs, or if you set your target age window too wide and they're half your age. High season Pro Thankfully, the amount of fish in our lovely Maltese pond increases exponentially in the summer months, as sun-seekers flock to our shore, maybe hoping for a little summer lovin' to go with their tan.
Con Most tourists aren't here for long though, so by the time you've matched with someone, squeezed out a decent opening line, chatted, gave lots of sightseeing advice and insider tips, and tried to find a free evening to meet for a strawberry mojito, they've gone. You have helped the nation, you have helped make a tourist happy, but you might still die alone. Thank you iGaming Pro Thankfully, some foreigners stay for longer.
Malta's tax laws mean that gaming companies have set up shop on our shores in droves. Logistics Pro Arranging to meet is usually easy. You're rarely more than a few minutes away, and most people drive, so you have a long list of wine bars, promenades, bars or cafes to choose from, within easy reach of both of you. There goes your anonymity.
Suddenly half the world knows you were sipping cocktails with a tall dark stranger. So things might get messy. Pro One of the cruelest but truest advantages of online dating is 'ghosting'. When the interaction has been solely online, and when all that links you to a person is a dating app and maybe a WhatsApp conversation, then the cleanest and easiest but not the nicest way to end things is by simply disappearing, or 'ghosting'.
You unmatch, you block, bingo. No awkward conversations, no "it's not you, it's me", no "I need to focus on the village feast", no drama. Con BUT, we're in Malta, so that person you just ghosted is probably going to be standing in front of you at the cinema popcorn queue, or you will bump into them at the beer festival.
Or they will date your cousin. And it won't be fun. Finding love Pro The main advantage of online dating, ultimately, is that when your Aunt Carmen corners you on Christmas Day and demands to know whether there's a new bird in your airspace, you'll finally be able to fend her off by telling her that yes, you are currently dating someone, although it's of course way too early to expose her to the talons of the extended family.
Con But you'd better have a cover story for when she asks how you met. Mela mintix kapaci tiltaqa ma' nies normali?! Let us know in the comments on Facebook!