Negotiable punctuality In those mediaeval days, when you said “I'll meet you at the Szechuan Dragon at pm”, it actually meant something. Now, of course, the initially agreed meeting time is just a peg on which one vaguely hangs the plan.
We can tweet, poke or message someone without having ever met them in person.
We check out their merits before giving them the time of day; scan their interests before showing our own interest and click through a selection of their favourite ‘tagged’ photos, because you know the ones they don’t want you to see have been carefully censored.
Whether you were introduced to a potential partner through a friend, you met someone at work or you simply approached someone to show your interest - it happened if it happened.
You had one phone that people could either contact you on or not contact you on.
Now, even total strangers may be open books, especially if they're in a reasonably high-profile job.