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According to Pew Research, one in five Americans aged 25–34 have used online dating, and it’s also popular with older singles.The research also showed that 5% of Americans who are married or in a committed relationship said they had met their significant other online.Twenty years on from the launch of the first online dating site, Match.com, perceptions (and usage) of Internet dating have changed significantly.Much of the original stigma seems to be slipping away, and according to the Online Dating Association, online dating is now the most common way in which relationships in the UK get started.So, at 35, and still yet to find the right man to marry, would the online dating world be full of desperate souls seeking marriage so their lives could begin?Or maybe I’d turn out to be one of those fortunate ones who shares in their wedding toast, ‘My husband is the best thing I found on the Internet.’For two months I would trial online agencies from my current home in a small town in northern California.By end of week two, I had 62 ‘reasonable matches’ (people who were more than a 60% match).
Lesson one: online dating requires you to know what you want. I could manage the vertically challenged thing, but there was no spark. ’ shares my friend from the UK, via Whats App.‘I’ve been matched with a 24-year-old woman who is looking for a man or a woman. He was actually three inches shorter than he said on his profile – so he’s not 5’9 but a whopping 5’6.I would sign up to both secular and exclusively Christian websites, both paid and free, adding in the latest craze of ‘hook-up’ dating apps.On every dating site or app I tried, I would clearly state that I was a Christian, and that spirituality was ‘very important’ to me.