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High50 » The truth about online dating for over-50s: which websites are best for grown-ups? Looking for coffee and more? 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. 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 realise I am describing my husband. Maybe I should be more experimental.
Before you can contact the men they suggest, you must subscribe. First up is Nottinghillbilly, pictured with messy hair, a beard and in a leather jacket. 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.
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. There is a lot of choice of men and every day I get winks and emails, which makes me feel popular. 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.