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01-Sep-2016 10:35

But no matter how much we have in common with an avatar, sometimes we do miss that human connection.

Once we’re tired of endless left swiping, compliments (ok, I can never tire of those) and the odd naked selfie, we start to long for something else.

First conceived in New York City, Dating in the Dark now brings itself to London.

On the night, you arrive at the designated pitch black restaurant where waiters wearing night vision goggles will lead you to your table and familiarise you with your plate and cutlery.

Enter Original Dating, an events company that combines shared interests with face-to-face interaction.

It organises themed speed dating, so there’s a talking point for when you hit that wall of awkwardness, and don't know what to say next. But I knew it was worth a try when I spied their next event: literary speed dating. I grew up an avid reader, and studied literature at university.

It doesn't say anything about my personality especially, but it was a useful prop when conversation faltered.

(And speaking as someone who recently forced two South Koreans in the smoking area of a pub to listen to an hour-long outpouring about the book I was reading on North Korean defectors, this is an area I’ve got form in). When one man kept my book gripped in his hand while he coughed all over it. Around 30 of us had gathered at Nordic, a Scandinavian themed bar in London's Soho -an equal split of men and women.

Time to brush up on your indie film knowledge in order to impress.

' The most interesting conversations I had were with people who were interested in books and authors that I’d either read (no one wants to be made to feel ignorant on a speed date), or that feature on my ever expanding to-read list.