A woman calling herself Tigger writes: “I found the perfect man for me at the other end of the country. We have travelled around the world and have many more adventures to come.With an estimated five million Britons logging on to find love, friendship or fun, the stigma attached to using dating websites is finally disappearing.My friend Maria is a typical convert to online dating.isn’t it time to start taking control of your love life?The internet is a good place to start.’” If you want proof that internet dating can work, you have only to take a look at the “success story” section on the Telegraph Dating site to find positive reports from dozens of satisfied users.I realised that Mr Right might not simply turn up on my doorstep.“A couple of friends had admitted to dallying with online dating and I thought I’d give it a go.An intelligent, attractive and sociable woman in her early thirties, she initially thought dating websites were for losers.
At first, it felt like shopping and I would feel rejected when 'Dan from Twickenham’ said he wasn’t interested. I’m currently single, but the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.” Internet dating makes sense for those leading busy lives or for those who don’t regularly meet new or suitable people within their existing social network.
It can also be an attractive proposition for people re-entering the dating arena after the breakdown of a long-term relationship, or after a divorce, because it allows them to be clear about what they are looking for.
“Using the internet to 'get out there’ allows one to be more proactive,” says dating adviser Paula Rosdol.
“I say to clients: 'As mature individuals, you’ve taken control of your finances, health, family matters…
Internet dating has come a long way since Kindred Spirits started online in 2005.
When once it was considered to be the preserve of the desperate, the weird or the unfaithful, it is now a must-try for any single looking for a date.