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And the rising age of Facebook users may also have an effect on the patterns that Hall found.This means that the ads could reach Facebook users that would not be found on traditional dating sites, such as celebrities, James claims."If you have the same interests as Kim Kardashian or a Premier League footballer, you could end up on their page," he says.Chatting Flirtatiously Knowing What to Say Getting Dates Online Community Q&A Want to get your flirt on via chat? You can learn to improve your flirtation and conversation skills online, as well as how to get dates and make connections on the Internet to give yourself the best chance of meeting someone.Online dating can be so stressful – filling out the profile and keeping up with all the interactions can feel like a job – so it’s no surprise that sometimes digital romance blooms under more Facebook friend-ly circumstances.For these groups, he says, such sites may have been a way to expand their already close-knit network of friends to include others like them, but not yet part of their local connections.Of course, the data may also reflect more early social networking behavior than the way that people use the sites today.Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of Communication Studies at University of Kansas, was surprised to learn that 7% of people who married after meeting online had met for the first time on social networking sites like Facebook, My Space and Class Mates – not matchmaking chat rooms, or online dating sites or via other romance-centric cyber connections.MORE: Inside Tinder: Meet the Guys Who Turned Dating Into an Addiction “It was really, really astonishing, since [romantic relationships] aren’t the purpose of these sites,” he says of the data, which came from e Harmony, the online dating service."We have no overheads," says James, who is the sole full-time employee of the company."We just need a laptop and it's very easy to scale this type of business." "Facebook has 1.2bn users and while not all of those people are potential dates, it's safe to say the audience is much bigger than Tinder of Match.com," says James, who says he has always been seen as a "bit of a Cupid" in his friendship circle.According to a Pew Research Center Internet Project poll, in 2013, 24% of internet users have flirted with someone online, compared to 15% in 2005.And Hall’s findings suggest that those flirtations, if they’re on social networking sites, are increasingly likely to lead to meaningful relationships, and even happy marriages.What surprised Hall even more, however, was that the social networking-based relationships were happier than those that began offline, in traditional ways such as being introduced by mutual friends.