One of the greatest advantages of online chat is the fact that you are not limited to chatting with people in your geographical area.
And it's a fact that we regard people from foreign countries as a tad more exotic, mysterious and let's admit it, attractive.
In a recent online poll, foreign accents made it to the top of the list for most attractive features in a prospective partner.
A Teletext Holiday survey found that most Britons are likely to fall for someone with an Italian accent, whilst the Greek accent was found to put most off the idea of romance.
But even our British accents and traditions could appeal to foreigners.
When chatting online with someone from another country, highlight your cultural differences in a positive way.
People from other countries are likely to be very interested in your English life, so use it as a conversation point.
Everything that is quintessentially English everyday and a little bit boring to us will have an air of exoticism and appeal if portrayed in the right way.
So when you tell your online chat partner about bangers, mash and mushy peas, or the thrills of shopping in Oxford Street or high tea or having a lager down the pub, remember that he might be reading your stories in the same way that you read about his salsa dancing, sangria and sunny beaches.
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