All you need is a mutual friend with a searchable friends list, and voila, you can see some extra profile pics and maybe more.
Of course, this takes away some of the mystery of the process. With such a small pool of young, single people on the island, there's also a decent chance that you'll actually come across your current crush.
When the interaction has been solely online, and when all that links you to a person is a dating app and maybe a Whats App conversation, then the cleanest and easiest (but not the nicest) way to end things is by simply disappearing, or 'ghosting'. No awkward conversations, no "it's not you, it's me", no "I need to focus on the village feast", no drama. The main advantage of online dating, ultimately, is that when your Aunt Carmen corners you on Christmas Day and demands to know whether there's a new bird in your airspace, you'll finally be able to fend her off by telling her that yes, you are currently dating someone, although it's of course way too early to expose her to the talons of the extended family.
BUT, we're in Malta, so that person you just ghosted is probably going to be standing in front of you at the cinema popcorn queue, or you will bump into them at the beer festival. But you'd better have a cover story for when she asks how you met.
But there are some differences when using online dating in Malta, compared to busier cities abroad. Some are definitely not: Many aspects of dating in Malta are related to our tiny size (of island).
You might remember your secondary school geography teacher telling you that we're all of 27km in length.
You have helped the nation, you have helped make a tourist happy, but you might still die alone. Malta's tax laws mean that gaming companies have set up shop on our shores in droves.
Some apps show you if you and your potential match have any Facebook friends in common, which in Malta is the norm, not the exception.
So it's easy to Facebook-stalk them, even if you only have a photo and a first name.
Depending on what online dating service you choose, you might not have as many options as you first suspect.
Luckily, if you are in your 30s, there is a good chance that you’ll have many men looking to start a serious relationship just like you are.