It used to be impossible to lie about your height to a prospective partner because the first time you ever made contact with them would have to be, embarrassingly, in person. In person, you can lie about lots of things to a potential lover — your real name, the fact that you already have a partner, your reasons for being in a lay-by on the M26 at midnight — but height is not one of them. However, online dating means that for the first time, it is possible to lie to a prospective life partner from the off. Start as you mean to go on! So it comes as little surprise that a recent study found that the number-one most common lie on an online-dating profile was about height, with many male online daters adding at least an inch or two to their height.
Of things worth investing in, finding the ideal partner must be high on the list, with finding them as quickly and painlessly as possible even higher. Online dating can provide exactly that: love found easily, even enjoyably - but this service comes with a cost. For those looking to meet people similar to themselves, and find someone to connect with, parting with a small amount of cash can make all the difference.
It was because of an innocent penchant for the older man. But websites that promise to match older wealthy men with young attractive women have been thriving in America for years; one of the most popular — SeekingArrangement. It has just launched in the UK, where it is already boasting 80, members. In return for a no-strings but mutually beneficial relationship, the women who sign up can get to be treated like a lady, showered with gifts, taken on all-you-can-buy shopping sprees, and enjoy meals at the best tables in town. I realise some readers may be shocked by what I am about to divulge, or even consider that what I did and other women do on these sites is tantamount to prostitution.