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As a 48-year-old mother of four, you can imagine that logging on to this dating app felt like a last resort – strange, weird and somewhat desperate. My friends and family, as well as my children, would have been horrified, given its tawdry reputation for anonymous “hook‑ups” – one only strengthened, this week, by several studies linking it to a huge upsurge in rates of sexually transmitted diseases.Blissfully ignorant of this link at the time, I had been somewhat buoyed by a different set of statistics, which showed that the app wasn’t just a hit with the young, free and single, but the middle-aged as well.
I must have been insane (Lesson No 1: never arrange to meet for longer than a coffee). I didn’t find him at all attractive in the flesh – nasal hair, nasal voice banging on about himself and his terrible divorce – and the feeling was clearly mutual.I look for interesting stories and guess what: they tend to be about people who marry in mid-life or later.There are a few important things I’ve learned from my very un-scientific survey: * People are lovable (in the relationship/romantic sense) at any age.Here is the next article in our series where we share our stories gathered from the online support group for women coming out later in life.For more information on this support group and how to request to join, go here.There is nothing much worse than having built up a relationship online to then meet the object of your interest only to find them as exciting as a mollusc.
It feels as if you are constantly putting yourself on the line, showing off your wares, only to reel in another damp squib.
In fact, the figures showed that 3 per cent of Tinder users were between 45 and 54, which meant there were a lot of middle-aged people in its dating pool of 50 million users.
Having been struggling to find a catch in what felt like shallow waters for some time, I decided it was worth a plunge in the depths, however murky.
Since my long-term relationship with the father of my children ended more than three years ago, I had tried various other dating websites (ones I paid for) and been on a handful of dates, but found them all soul-destroying in their own way.
More used to evenings on the sofa with my eight- to 18-year-olds, these dates – and the fact I was even back in the dating pool – felt humiliating and upsetting.
Choosing to divorce is a very big step, so we asked our members to share what that was like for them.