According to a new survey, the lucrative online dating industry is growing fastest in the 50-plus age group — and it’s not hard to see why.

Once you are retired, widowed or divorced, it feels all but impossible.

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But for the internet, we would never have come together, and he taught me another truth — that as well as enabling you to find your soulmate, the internet also gives you a chance to meet somebody who is the exact opposite of what you are seeking in a partner.

His internet profile said he lived in an idyllic cottage with a log fire and that he was positive, creative, practical and content, except for that special person in his life.

In some cases this may depend on whether you previously disabled the option to save a copy of your chats on your computer or if you or your buddy selected the Go off the record option.

Have you ever wondered: this girl is cute, it’s a shame I don’t know if she likes me or not?

None seemed to have any of the extra pounds that actually counted, namely money.

I read that they were ‘mortgage slaves’ — at 60 plus! Not only did he expect me to buy my own drinks — I’m old-fashioned enough to believe that a man should pay on the first date — but it turned out he had huge baggage.One divorced man of my age, who has been on these sites for six years, said that the first woman he met was £50,000 in debt, another wanted him to give her £350 to get her car out of the garage and a third hadn’t mentioned that she had severely impaired vision — the ultimate blind date.Another man said that he met somebody who seemed great and they got on so well that they arranged to go on a holiday to South Africa together.And I hate to say it, but men are always keener to meet women younger than them, rather than sophisticated women from their own generation.Indeed, somehow, the exciting, available, baggage-free, super-bright, glamorous, successful age-appropriate people of both sexes, the kind you’d love to meet for a fantastic evening, if not for a lifetime, are in short supply or non-existent.It’s a common trick for daters of a certain age to post photos that are years old — and not always of themselves.