His photo was years out of date and he had lied about his height. He was a midget with a comb-over and the conversational skills of a libidinous teenager.Which is why when I read that in 20 years’ time half of us will be meeting our partners on the internet I was horrified.Lesson number three: while a lot of women are looking for fulfilling relationships, a large number of men are just up for a quick fling.Even though most tick the “serious relationship” and “marriage” boxes, you soon get to know what is really on their mind.I was just about to give up when his message pinged into my inbox. When we met the following week at a pub near his home, the chemistry was instant.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.Glass of bubbly in one hand and the other clamped firmly on my thigh, the man sitting opposite lunged forward, muttered something under his breath and gave me a slobbery kiss. Here I was on a first date and all I wanted to do was run out of the restaurant screaming. I’d only seen a blurry photo of him and had a brief online chat but he seemed decent enough.Meeting him face to face was a different matter, however.
Lesson number two: don’t believe everything you read.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.When I took my first tentative step into the world of online romance I had just come out of a seven-year relationship and was looking forward to meeting a man who made me feel special.So I handed over my money to a dating site for professionals and waited.