She’s been on Ok Cupid for four months and after sifting through hundreds of messages, she whittled the suitors down to the few she wanted to meet.

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Jayne Rossiter, from the UK, has lived in Italy for over ten years and has seen it all: serenades, random proposals, and cheats.

Being a patient and well-organized type, she sees online dating as a great way to vet suitors properly.

“Maybe I’ve been looking in the wrong places, but online dating hasn’t really caught on here." But then, in a country where every social interaction can turn into a flirt, perhaps the answer is to put your phone away and start up a conversation with the person next to you. But at ESCP Europe – one of the top business schools in the world – you don’t have to.

So here I am again, struggling to find my place among a group of female expat bloggers, all of whom are 20 years younger than me and ten-times better writers.

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and I’m writing this fresh from an offer of marriage. But as with many things in Italy, dating etiquette on the app seemed to be anything but fast.

"But lots of people won’t admit it through fear of embarrassment as society has not overly accepted it yet." Having been left love-notes in obscure places, Ines Becker, a German researcher living in Rome, doesn’t believe online dating is a necessity in Italy.

When it comes to finding love here, she says "anything can happen" and that guys are "much more likely to pick you up directly".

Roberta Ribali, a Milan-based relationship psychiatrist, says that although more Italians from across the age spectrum are using online dating sites, the subject is still a taboo.

"It has become a very useful way for people with busy lives to make new acquaintances,” she tells The Local.

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