“If we look at the world overall, it has become slightly less peaceful in the last 12 months,” Mr Killelea said.

“But if we took the Middle East out of the index over the last decade – and last year – the world would have become more peaceful.

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Brazil is the country that has dropped out of the list, and as one of the worst performing countries year-on-year represents a serious concern ahead of the Rio Olympics, the IEP’s founder Steve Killelea told .

But perhaps the most remarkable result from this year’s peace index, he said, was the extent to which the situation in the Middle East drags down the rest of the world when it comes to peacefulness.

People no longer need a personal handshake or face-to-face meeting.

Social media sites have also grown in numbers by leaps and bounds.

Chatting, talking on the phone, sending emails and getting to know new people have been very important for me and very rewarding emotionally speaking.

You talk to people more that you would imagine, you confide in them more that you would expect.

I’ve met many charming men who have been very nice to me.

I had a relationship with one of them for over a year.

The world is becoming a more dangerous place and there are now just 10 countries which can be considered completely free from conflict, according to authors of the 10th annual Global Peace Index.