City slicker or city’s licquor? It’s time to start dating!

Finding that special someone to share the ups and downs of life with is one the driving forces behind why so many singles have joined dating sites in recent years. What, with work commitments, bills to pay and homes to run, that vision of finding your perfect partner online can be just a pipe-dream for some, but it needn’t be!

The afore-mentioned hectic calendar is, sadly, one of mundanity, with very little hope of fitting in a window for a social or love life that is totally independent of the office. Living the single life has many benefits but, paying the bills and good house keeping figure heavily on the ‘liabiities’ side of the balance sheet of inner-city single life. No partner to share the costs with, no significant other to half the burden of maintaining the home in a pristine condition and as for dating? No chance.

For many singles living and working in the city, Monday to Friday is a pattern of sleep, work, juggle a bit of food in, work some more, quick pint on the way home with your learned colleagues, crash in front of the box until you wake up at three am in a blue room where the sky box has gone into auto-standby and your 42″ HD is bathing you in oceans of LED light, throw the remains of a cold chow mien away and finally grab a couple of hours of poor quality sleep after you’ve wiped the drool from your chin. You subsequently look like crap when you turn up late for the office the next morning to rinse and repeat the whole process.

If you know deep down that having someone special to come home to is the element that’s missing from your life but, with commitments as they are, you haven’t a cat in hell’s chance of even finding that yellow-brick road, let alone planting the first firm footstep on it, you’re in the right place, here, at dating.org.uk.

You have two options: 1) sign up to a high-end dating site that will take care of it all for you, for a King’s ransom, or 2) instead of hitting the bar every night after work, take a moment out of your life to find that special someone on one of our tailored dating sites. For the sake of one round in a Birmingham bar, you could pay a monthly membership fee and get all of the exclusive features that a paid dating site membership has to offer: unlimited messages, one-on-one web-cam dates, unlimited photo-galleries and extra security to protect your online identity from fraudsters and scammers are just a few of the upgraded aspects that make paid dating membership services preferential to free online dating.

You never know, finding that special someone online may even kickstart other neglected features of your life, such as healthy exercise, a suitable diet to match your new fitness regime or even lose weight, if all those 6pm pints are starting to show above your belt-line! Good housekeeping starts from within and having someone to share in your little victories can spur you on to even greater heights! Happy dating!

The sweet truth about sugar daddies

As online dating sites cast off the dementors of their past and come well and truly into the light, so too the stigma is shed like an outgrown basilisk skin. As such, many dating site members become the brand’s best advocates when they meet someone online, fall in love and enter into an offline relationship, even marriage. Should you find your perfect partner online the monthly subscription fee you will have paid will certainly have provided a great return on your investment.

Using the US as an example, where matchmaking sites as we know them now have blossomed more than anywhere, compared to the somewhat dubious forefathers which earned the industry its distinctly tawdry reputation in the early days of the internet, between 2007-2009 20% of straight couples there met using online dating facilities. That’s a lot of free advertising and recommendation is perhaps the most successful and trustworthy form of marketing that there is.

The world of online dating is a vast marketplace with many niches; willingness to share one’s experience is not true, however, across the entire medium. Certainly, many members of the adult dating site niche may have professional or family-oriented interests that they wish to protect, hence play their cards very close to their chest when it comes to revealing where they have met their latest beau.

Well, that’s what one adult dating site host thought, but found a very different reason as to why he was not building brand recognition as he had hoped.

Seeking Arrangement is a site for Sugar Daddies and their younger, female relationship partners, Sugar Babies (you learn something new every day). The Sugar Daddy dating site has its roots in a yahoo discussion group but has developed, over time, into a stand-alone site for the young lady looking for the older lucrative male to share good times with.

Unlike other dating sites, given the clientele and the presupposition of the site, this is one community where, other than dating and (presumably) sex, a third prerequisite comes in to play. One in no way suggests that a frugal gentleman could not join in the fun, but one suspects that his pick-up rate would be considerably less than other members who are prepared to splash the cash.

What is troubling the webmaster is that almost 40% of his membership is keeping the details to itself; almost a half of that sector admitted to wanting to keep the fact that they were sugar daddies under wraps completely, no great surprise there. But what upset Brandon most, and, from his tone, he feels this on a very personal level, is that the mature men are keeping schtum because they want to ensure that the well of sugar babies never runs dry.

This level of ‘sugar selfishness’ personifies the genre, in dating site terms. If you are looking for long-term relationships, perhaps this is not the site for you. If the Daddies are looking for a bit of eye-candy to impress at social and professionals levels and are happy to lavish the lovelies from their considerable personal or expense accounts, this is more like it. And if the Babies are not looking for a serious relationship, just a good time moving in perhaps higher circles, this is an opportunity to get in at the deep end.

Surprised that the dating site membership comes across as selfish? Who are you trying to kid?

Silver surfers #1 in online dating searches

The thought of running a match against my online dating profile and the results bringing up my grandad are, well, just plain scarey, let alone what that eventuality would do for my self-confidence.  Needless to say, if our dating credentials were compatible, I’d probably never be able to look him in the eye again…
…and sitting on his knee at the Christmas get together – forget it.

But the odds of me meeting someone from the, shall we say, more mature dating crowd online are slimming by the day.  In contrast, just the thought of any compatability with the upper branches of my family tree through any type of online singles service has me reaching for comfort-chocolate and puts pounds on my hips, but that’s perhaps for another day.

According to the US Census Bureau, more than a third of men and women fifty-plus are not married.  That figure translates into new adult dating site memberships; the reported numbers from dating agencies suggest that sign-ups from the over fifty-five bracket has increased almost 40% in the last three years.

The reasoning behind these figures, those in the know suggest, is down to a combination of factors.

First and foremost, individuals looking to find love on line are a lot more au fait with the internet than previous generations classed as ‘seniors’.  Many have matured with the age of computing, therefore searching for their perfect partner online is not as alien a concept as it has been to this age-group in the past.

Online dating agencies are great tools for searching for your partner if you know what you’re looking for and you concede a fair amount of leeway in what you expect from the profile search results.  Maybe having been around the block a few times, the more mature members of society using an internet-based dating tool know precisely which character traits to filter out.

Not only can our mature dating seniors show us a thing or two about being honest in what you’re looking for, but also their experience of dating off-line brings realisation that you can spend all of your life looking for that one special relationship, which ticks all of your boxes, but miss out on helluva lot of fun with those who are darned close.

It is less than surprising, then, that singles in the fifty-five plus bracket are hitting dating sites more than any other age group. But they have some competition – the 45-54 group hold second spot in frequenting online dating sites.
So, I’m off to find a partner online quick, before the internet dating community is sponsored by Saga…