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.
If I’m looking for him, he must be looking for me, I reasoned.
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.There is no denying that senior citizens have lived incredible lives.They’ve lived an exciting life and they probably experienced a love like many people in their 20s and 30s dear about.She can’t promise you that you will find the man of your dreams.But, one thing is for sure – the 60-year-old equivalent of George Clooney is not going to show up as your doorstep, riding a white horse and carrying a bouquet of hand-picked flowers! When we were younger, our mothers told us that “you need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.” The same is definitely true for dating after 60!