"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says."I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
The first thing to do when you find yourself attracted to a shy man is to question your feelings for him.