By date two he said he loved me and after two weeks he had asked me to marry him. He had desperate and possessive written all over him but the truth was I felt flattered.We’d been dating for a couple of months when he took me on a romantic weekend to Italy.“So when are you going to be my wife,” he asked as we arrived at the hotel.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.In online dating terms, at 48 I am considered ancient.
I have spent more than a year looking for love online.When I said that it was a bit soon he was furious and left me in the hotel without any transport back to the airport.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.I have subscribed to top matchmaking sites, gone on many disastrous dates and ended up shell-shocked and disillusioned.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.
That is the thing with internet dating, it may have lost its stigma but in my experience it’s still a stomping ground for social misfits and shy loners who would find it hard to get a date in the real world. You may be socially challenged in real life but in cyberspace anyone can pretend to be Leonardo Di Caprio.