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"I haven't spoken to her or her father since." The fun and games didn't end there though.

"Another date was with a taxidermist who answered the door brandishing a shotgun.

Swiping on dating apps is a breeze if you live in a town or city.

But, when you're a young farmer living in a rural community, it's a whole other story. 31-year-old Mark Jervis — an arable farmer in Warwickshire, UK — entered the world of online dating four years ago in an effort to broaden his horizons after a big breakup and a series of "unsuccessful" flings with women in the area.

Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.

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