One woman who is no stranger to the various pitfalls of dating services is Aileen Edwards, a 61-year-old health worker who cares for dementia sufferers. In her spare time she enjoys theatre, swimming and the great outdoors.
She says she “isn’t looking for a major spark” but is searching for a man with a good sense of humour to share her life with. The first blow was when she fell victim to a scammer on an online dating site.
“Getting sucked into this made me feel really stupid,” Aileen said.Casual users are allowed scroll through several pages of profile before being told they must sign up to continue using the site.The tactic has paid off over the years — the site has a huge number of Irish users (a random search for 29-year-old women within ten miles of Wexford throws up 152 accounts, for instance — not entirely scientific, but it certainly indicates the popularity of the service).“We’ve run over 500 of these events in the last seven or eight years, and you can tell there’s definitely a lot to be said about the first 30 to 60 seconds when people come in contact.Most people will agree that attraction happens really quickly.