Disillusioned with dating websites

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When I took my first tentative step into the world of online romance I had just come out of a seven-year relationship and was looking forward to meeting a man who made me feel special.

So I handed over my money to a dating site for professionals and waited.

I managed to make my own way back to England but it took this horrible situation with someone I barely knew to make me finally see sense.

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The next day I got an email saying we were not a match. There are five women to every man on these sites so even the most unremarkable men start to believe they are David Beckham.

I found it easy to translate: “Sorry honey but you’re far too old.” I felt humiliated. I have lost count of balding blokes in their late 50s and 60s who won’t consider dating a woman over 40.

They described themselves as thoughtful, honest, caring and fun.

I have subscribed to top matchmaking sites, gone on many disastrous dates and ended up shell-shocked and disillusioned.

In online dating terms, at 48 I am considered ancient.

Lesson number two: don’t believe everything you read.

How do some women manage to always look perfect and put together.

What is your/their secret to always having clear skin, fresh hair, staying in perfect shape, clothes, nails etc.

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