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Rosanna Dickinson tries online dating and reports on what it’s like and which dating sites were best
Some people american chinese online dating site try online dating because they’re looking for companionship, some for love, and some are tentatively dipping in a toe to see who’s out there.
I did it because I wanted to have fun, flirt and meet men outside my social group.
I’m 50 and have been single for two years, since my husband died, and have a daughter of 21 and twin boys of 19. I felt some trepidation about putting myself out there. Especially for someone who barely has an online presence.
But 15 million people in the UK are registered for online dating and one in five relationships now start online. It’s the third most popular way to meet (after pubs and through friends). And I could always go incognito when I’ve had enough – it’s the internet, after all!
There american dating personals online datinf are an overwhelming 1,400 dating sites, though, american singles chemistry online dating so where to start? I decide to try those recommended by friends and that advertise the best success rates: match.com , as it’s the UK’s largest, Guardian Soulmates , because it may have like-minded souls on it, and DatingOver50s because I’m 50.
It’s simple to set up your profile and upload a photo. I go for the least level of exposure, with a black and white pic of me wearing sunglasses. The site asks questions about my looks, level of education, lifestyle and beliefs, and then the difficult bit: my ideal match.
I say I am looking for a slim, six-foot Caucasian man, easygoing, energetic, enthusiastic, generous, confident and funny.
I describe myself as slim, blonde, widowed, easygoing and ready for a new relationship (all true) and give myself the name Life Enhancer.
Before you can contact the men they suggest, you must subscribe.
It’s ?29.99 a month (but there are various subscription options, and it’s cheaper per month if you sign up for longer). Before you email the men, you ‘wink’ at them and they ‘wink’ back (you hope), so you know you’re chatting to a willing contender.
First up is Nottinghillbilly, pictured with messy hair, a beard and in a leather jacket. He likes my tagline, Life Enhancer, and asks for photo of me without my sunglasses (he’d been on a date with american singles online dating someone who wore sunglasses in her photo and it turned out she had a glass eye). But he wants me to email him direct, which is not encouraged by the site and makes me suspicious. I don’t contact him again.
I then peruse Oddball, Goopile and Naked Plumber. A guy called Wayne winks, but on his profile I discover he is recovering from having his brain tinkered with on the NHS, and much as he sounds lovely, I need someone straightforward at this stage in my life.
LondonArty looks younger than some so I try him. He responds by asking me to come up and see his Samurai Swords. But I agree to meet Unicorn, a 66-year-old retired construction engineer, for a coffee in the West End, where we both work.
Pros There is a lot of choice of men and every day I get winks and emails, which makes me feel popular.
Cons They’re keen to interact but not to meet up.
It’s hard to find even a vaguely good-looking one, at least in the age-range I specified.
Being a Guardian reader, I assume this will be dominated by intelligent, solvent and liberal Guardian readers. I upload the same photo and answer the same questions and details as I did on Match.com. I’m still Life Enhancer but add that I have just finished an MA in English Literature. It is the Guardian after all.
A feature called Your Matches creates a list of compatible, potential dates. It’s more niche than Match.com so there is less traffic which means less potential dates. Subscription, to connect with dates, costs ?32 for a month, ?64 for three months or ?96 for six months.
On day one, I get six matches who are all in their fifties, rated an overall 75 per cent match with me.
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