Whatever the lucky number, the reality is that over one-third of marriages do not make it to a 25-year silver anniversary.

But from a Nietzschean perspective, strong-willed people enjoy the intoxication of loving, but have the big picture in mind: they realize the main criterion for choosing a long-term partner ought to be the ability to hold a decent conversation.

Nietzsche suggested that intellectual attraction would provide a deeper and more durable foundation for relationships than sex appeal.

Nietzsche also said that instinctive judgments are misleading because they “pronounce their Yes and No before the understanding can speak.” Furthermore, to act impulsively is decadent and hedonistic, and these are “signposts to nihilism.”So does the rise of online dating in our culture signal an embrace of self-indulgence?

And does it come at the expense of long-term relationships?

Presumably, it would either extinguish their attraction, or they’d be better prepared to grow old together.

Sexual attraction is undoubtedly an important part of romance.Miss Worsley, 41, said the likes of Tinder meant it was easier than ever for couples to enter into relationships, meaning lasting love is being replaced by ‘bored singletons looking for one-night stands’ on their mobiles.‘How could Jane Austen have written her novels about the slow, exquisite torture of love in an age of Grindr and Tinder, when bored singletons search for one-night stands with a few clicks of their mobiles?Earlier this year it was revealed that the Tinder app has been downloaded more than 50million times since it launched in 2012, and matches around 26million would-be couples every 24 hours (file image)'Many of us grew up expecting to fall in love, get married and have children – in that order.In my zeal to find out as much about Andy's good fortune as possible I innocently asked: "So, how'd you two meet? Realizing I stepped into something awkward I thought to myself: OMG they met in prison; or on a street corner.After a few seconds passed and all of our skin tones returned to a normal light pinkish color Carol responded: "Well, uh, we met online...that's right...online...the computer." Okay, so it was a pretty good impression of Annie Hall, but why all the fuss? Why are people embarrassed to admit they use this remarkable invention?Research suggests that the ability to communicate is central to relationship durability.