What the results do show is that we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss social networks as an important tool for finding love in the 21st century.
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.
Of course, the data may also reflect more early social networking behavior than the way that people use the sites today.
While it dominated the early days of cyber connecting, for example, My Space was surpassed by Facebook in 2008 as the primary source of online interactions.
And the rising age of Facebook users may also have an effect on the patterns that Hall found.