You may consider yourself an independent, cosmopolitan world citizen, but if the lovely Eva's only previous Maltese date was with Redeemer, who is approaching 40, lives with his mum and was growing a beard for the Good Friday procession, she can be forgiven for having reservations about us Maltesers. You're rarely more than a few minutes away, and most people drive, so you have a long list of wine bars, promenades, bars or cafes to choose from, within easy reach of both of you.

Whichever one you pick, even if it's a rainy Tuesday evening, you are going to bump into someone you know. Suddenly half the world knows you were sipping cocktails with a tall dark stranger.

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That colleague of yours who was recently dumped and who makes your insides flutter? After swiping right on your barista, however, the chances are you might also come across: clients, bosses, employees, patients, and of course, cousins.

Which might be awkward if you have a profile pic with an open shirt on Dingli cliffs, or if you set your target age window too wide and they're half your age.

Thankfully, the amount of fish in our lovely Maltese pond increases exponentially in the summer months, as sun-seekers flock to our shore, maybe hoping for a little summer lovin' to go with their tan.

Most tourists aren't here for long though, so by the time you've matched with someone, squeezed out a decent opening line, chatted, gave lots of sightseeing advice and insider tips, and tried to find a free evening to meet for a strawberry mojito, they've gone.So it's easy to Facebook-stalk them, even if you only have a photo and a first name.All you need is a mutual friend with a searchable friends list, and voila, you can see some extra profile pics and maybe more.Tinder thankfully takes just moments to set up, but other, more traditional dating sites ask for a lot of details before dropping you in the pool, and claim that the information about you helps them make better matches.But it's not uncommon to spend a good thirty minutes filling out details, and then suddenly you sign in and you see that there are only about seven other Maltese, and most of them look like your ex-geography teacher.For the millennials who grew up with social media, it's a natural extension of their screen-staring social life, whereas for older singletons it's just done in hope that it will be a quicker, easier and healthier alternative to dragging themselves around Gianpula on weekends, hoping that if they get tipsy enough and wear their tightest outfit, magic will happen.