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Dating websites - recommendations please!

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Onetoeinthewater Thu 18-Oct-12 22:28:46

Been separated for nearly a year and am not sure I'm ready to look for someone new but am convinced it'll get the harder the older I get. Have a horror of people I know seeing my profile, small city. No idea where to start. Which dating websites are best for single parents/people in their 40's...or is it all in how you search them? Had a quick look at the Guardian one...TIA

Onetoeinthewater Thu 18-Oct-12 23:00:06


melbie Fri 19-Oct-12 04:54:13

Have you tried the dating thread on the relationships board? It has become slightly random but I am pretty sure there are some single parents on there who may point you in the right direction

purpleroses Fri 19-Oct-12 10:32:26

Met my DP through Guardian soulmates! I found it the best if you're wanting a more educated match. I think you do need to bite the bullet and put a photo up though, which may mean that people you know (most likely other single men your own age using dating sites) may see you. I live in a fairly small town too and did see a couple of blokes I knew on there - one of them sent me a very casual email saying how was I getting on on here, just friendly and made it seem a perfectly normal place to have met.

Try to think of it just like they've seen you in a pub, or at a party. The dating website's just somewhere people go, like anywhere else.

The sites all allow you to state whether you have children, and to look for partners with/without them, so I think they're all fine in that respect - or at least the ones I used did.

pinklady1107 Fri 19-Oct-12 22:26:50


My partner and I met on okcupid, good site I thought (but biased smile)

It is free and I found it easy to navigate and use.


Magicmayhem Sun 21-Oct-12 23:11:18

I met my BF on plenty of fish, its free and easy to use, just keep your profile friendly, and cheery. Dont be afraid to contact a man, don't just wait for them to contact you. Good luck

nuks Mon 22-Oct-12 19:45:59

Hi, I met a nice guy on plenty of fish but generally speaking I didn't like the crowd there. I also like ok cupid, talked to some decent guys there but I'm taking things slowly, no double dating for me. Soul guardian is very nice however I find their subscription fees too high. I only paid for one month then dropped it.

Camelsshouldnteatcrisps Mon 22-Oct-12 19:57:52

I'm not sure, I'm just looking to see what they are might like e-harmony, they only show your photo to other people that they have actually matched you too, as far as I can see you can't just go on and browse random people which would be good if you didn't want to get spotted. It is a bit long winded to get registered which would mean you would also be less likely to get seen by someone you know!

ParsleyTheLioness Mon 22-Oct-12 21:20:05

I'm trying Match Affinity at the moment...lots of older blokes describing themselves as having short hair, when they are bald...Lots of them are saying they only want slim women, and I am not! Have put my photo on there, but there are some knobs there.... oh well, gotta kiss the frogs. Or at least weed them out first!

Katkin13 Tue 23-Oct-12 21:54:47

haha! I know people have may or may not slate it but I met I had a lot of fun on POF.

peppapigpants Tue 23-Oct-12 21:57:12

Lovestruck worked for me, but depends on your location.

dilly4 Wed 24-Oct-12 10:23:10

I paid for 6 months on But I was brutally honest and said that as a lone parent any partner would have to accept my daughter would be there most of the time. So ideally I was looking for a dad where we could share days out.

Funnily enough I hardly got any responses, or if I did they just wanted dinner dates, no kids allowed!

ParsleyTheLioness Wed 24-Oct-12 15:11:06

dilly, I paid for 3 months there, shan't be renewing if the first month is anything to go by. blocked one already! Muppet!

dilly4 Wed 24-Oct-12 18:23:27

Yes, really expensive. I quite like OKCupid mentioned above - and free!

yummymommy1 Thu 25-Oct-12 13:59:33

hi plenty of fish is great, dont spend money! i actually find more matches on there than on which is £30 a month! what a rip off.
its the best oldest and has the most members. go for it! ive chatted to some really nice ppl on there

ParsleyTheLioness Fri 26-Oct-12 15:46:48

Have recently been told that when Match say you have x no of profile views, these are not in fact people who have viewed your profile. This is dishonest of them, and I am not pleased!

ParsleyTheLioness Fri 26-Oct-12 20:37:56

Ok, have just joined pof. Have had more messages in an hour than in over a week on Match. And no willy pics. Yet.And they have seen my picture.

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