224 apparently. According to a new study conducted by U.K. electronics retailer Pixmania you will also need 63 text messages, 70 Facebook messages, 37 emails and 30 phone calls to get struck by cupid.

Their study also shows that the constant connection which these social technologies allow young lovers means that the time it takes to fall in love is accelerating. Whilst couples aged 55 and over said on average their courting process took more than two and a half months, those under the age of 25 say it takes just under one month for them to refer to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Perhaps not so sweet is the revelation that 27% of the research participants are happy to ditch someone via text message.