But just before I was due to set off, he rang to say he had changed his mind. Online dating for older people sounds such a good idea, and ever more of us are signing up in the hope of meeting a wonderful new partner.
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.
I read that they were ‘mortgage slaves’ — at 60 plus! Not only did he expect me to buy my own drinks — I’m old-fashioned enough to believe that a man should pay on the first date — but it turned out he had huge baggage.
— that they were ‘comfortable in their old jeans’, that they liked country walks and red wine. At 63 he had a teenage son, plus he was paying maintenance for two other children from an earlier relationship.
If I’m looking for him, he must be looking for me, I reasoned.
None seemed to have any of the extra pounds that actually counted, namely money.
We had arranged to meet in a pub opposite Reading Station.Now the assistant producer, who travels extensively for work, has listed her house on Airbnb as a luxury holiday let, available for £245 a night.'I had £70,000 to start with, then I bought the site for £20,000 but it was completely empty,' she said.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.
After my partner died, I thought to myself: ‘Online dating is the modern way to go.’ I was pretty certain I would soon find my ideal person, somebody clever, witty, good-looking, successful, excellent company, open to new ideas, well-read and with a sense of purpose in life.Downstairs is a surprisingly bright snug, another bathroom and a further two bedrooms, which can be opened up to form a spacious suite.