And when it comes to accessible topics – they don’t come much more identifiable than romance.Unless you’re still young, desire and passion will have been something you’ve experienced and something that probably plays a huge part in your life.ITV - Oct 30 - In the last night ITV tonight show - Looking For Love, Jonathan Maitland investigated the shift in attitudes towards Internet dating and its effect on relationships. 1 in 5 relationships now start online and ~23% of recently married UK couples met on the Internet.The online dating clearly works but there are some downsides such as scammers.Hoping to capture that buzz of meeting someone special for the first time and sharing a connection, Samuel Abrahams’ is the tale of a single man who challenged himself to find his next date without the help of the internet.Samuels’ film is all about connections and if the synopsis (and title) of his previous short, the BAFTA nominated isn’t just a film about that most prominent of dilemmas in the lives of the majority of unattached individuals – how to make a connection with a potential life partner – it’s also a film about the ever-changing ways in which we connect with the people around us.Jonathan also attended the last i Date conference in Cologne and asked Mark Brooks whether singles are spoiled for choice because of online dating. When it comes to storytelling, one of the tried and tested techniques for making your audience identify and connect with your narrative, is making it somewhat relatable to their lives.
Those seeking face-to-face connections can of course still find it, but it’s hard to deny that the availability of the internet is changing how we interact – and as a father, that’s something that I have to admit concerns me slightly.
Jonathan interviewed Sonia Richards who was a victim of “romance dating fraud” and sent ~12K pounds to a Nigerian scammer.
He talked to Ryan Pitcher, a former Global uk's employee about his job to send fake messages of love to help boost company profits.
Although the film focuses specifically on dating, the general theme of the short is one that surrounds how the internet has changed the ways we communicate with other people and it’s a timely reminder of the importance of face-to-face interaction.
In an age where the prominence of mobile devices means we’re “online” and able to communicate with others whenever we choose, Abrahams’ film aligns with an ever-increasing view that this readily available connection is only making us more disconnected to the physical world.
As someone who has been in a relationship for well over a decade, the thought of single-life and the realities of the ever-changing dating scene are worlds as alien to me as those often dreamt up in the minds of the best science-fiction writers.