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According to a new survey, the lucrative online dating industry is growing fastest in the 50-plus age group — and it’s not hard to see why.
Once you are retired, widowed or divorced, it feels all but impossible.
He said he was a writer, so that was clearly, for me at least, a major plus.
The idyllic cottage was monstrously untidy, littered with papers, dusty and dirty and he was fusty and not very clean either.
But for the internet, we would never have come together, and he taught me another truth — that as well as enabling you to find your soulmate, the internet also gives you a chance to meet somebody who is the exact opposite of what you are seeking in a partner.
His internet profile said he lived in an idyllic cottage with a log fire and that he was positive, creative, practical and content, except for that special person in his life.
And I hate to say it, but men are always keener to meet women younger than them, rather than sophisticated women from their own generation.
Indeed, somehow, the exciting, available, baggage-free, super-bright, glamorous, successful age-appropriate people of both sexes, the kind you’d love to meet for a fantastic evening, if not for a lifetime, are in short supply or non-existent.
Henning Wiechers, who conducted the recent survey on behalf of Metaflake, the vast German online dating agency, claimed that when people are too old to go clubbing, they need to access a second marriage market — and that the internet provides the perfect forum. While online dating is certainly booming in popularity — the industry is worth £170 million in the UK, with nine million of us now logging on in the hope that we will find somebody, otherwise unreachable, who will be just right for us — my experiences should serve as something of a warning to others looking for love online.
He paid upfront and she was going to reimburse him for her share of the cost.