Internet dating the pitfalls

Relating thru writing (emailing) is a quick and efficient way to learn a lot about a person and how they tick, with minimum initial commitment or investment face-to-face and is the heart of effective online dating.

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.

One man, a writer from Oxford, asked me if sex was important in a relationship before I’d even met him and another smarmy GP with waxy skin and wandering hands spent our idyllic lunch in a gastro pub by the Thames making a series of clumsy passes at me.

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.

Even though the site I was on claimed to be for professionals looking for romance, a lot of the men are just trawling for sex.

I’ve had so many messages offering intimate evenings that I’ve stopped counting.

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