February 1996 to February 2008
The Internet has revolutionised the way people communicate, interact and meet. Since the mid 90s with the abundance of cheap home computers and improved speed and access to the internet a proliferation of online dating, chat and meeting places have sprung up creating whole virtual communities.
For many men this has replaced more subversive activities such as Cottaging and Cruising, and people now cruise the internet in the safety of their own homes without fear of arrest.
Many believe that the internet, coupled with cheap airline travel and the free movement of workers across Europe have helped Birmingham develop are more cosmopolitan and European outlook.