(CNN) — Recently, a reader dropped the following query into our inbox:
“This may be a stupid question, but recently a friend told me he’s heard of people using Facebook as a dating service. My FB friends and I (admittedly middle-aged) can’t figure out how you “meet” people on Facebook. I (and most of my friends) are FB friends with people we actually know. How would one use Facebook as a dating site?”
– Flummoxed by Facebook Flirting
Oh, Flummoxed! There are no stupid questions — only painfully, painfully stupid people. But I digress…. .
Social media flirting is a phenom that has been around since the message board/chatroom days, when starry-eyed 13-year-olds and rheumy-eyed 61-year-olds traded “A/S/L?”s with optimistic abandon.
A quick survey of my social followers — on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram — revealed that, among my socially savvy circle of folks, people have dated/married suitors they met on MySpace, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare, MyYearBook, Yahoo Messenger and Usenet, to name a few.