KID SIGNS DAD UP ON DATING SITE...
Father Furious, But Sees Funny Side, Goes On Date
ARRANGES DATE IN SECRET
Our Dating Season Special continues with one of those stories you just couldn't make up... It's got tragedy, comedy and a happy ending, not to mention a mischievous kid (who we can't help but picture as a young Macaulay Culkin). Steve Wright, 42, had been single for 4 years following a painful divorce, but had consoled himself with the fact he had custody of his 12 year old son, Adam. Unbeknownst to Steve, Adam recently signed his father up to an over 40 dating site, and even created a profile for his dad. The cheeky lad went so far as to upload no less than 7 photos of his dad, listing his interests as golf, fishing and "singing in the shower". Messages started to come in from women interested in meeting Steve, and Adam went as far as to accept an offer of a date from a woman named Ellie, in nearby Thornbury, on his father's behalf. It was at this point that Adam realised he'd better let his father know what he'd been up to!
I WANT MY DAD TO BE HAPPY.
I HOPE HE GETS MARRIED AGAIN
Steve recounts, "When my son told me that he'd signed me up to the site, I was livid at first. But then I saw the funny side of it and at that point my main question was who had he set me up on a date with!" His son remains unrepentant. "My dad spends all his time working or looking after me. I want him to be happy. I hope he gets married again, as I wouldn't mind a brother". And the story has a happy ending, as Steve has started dating Ellie after a successful first date. A spokesperson from the dating site, LoveInYour40s.com, admitted, "We absolutely don't advise anyone to register someone else on the site without their consent, however we're delighted that Steve and Ellie are happy." We are too, but you'd want to keep an eye on that kid of yours going forward!
FIFTY PLUS WANT IN ON THE ACTION
All's good for Steve from Bristol then. But I get a lot of emails from readers who are over 50. In fact, singles over 50 are said to be the fastest growing adopters of online dating sites. This explains the rise of LoveInYour50s.com, which has thousands of members and is one of the fastest growing mature sites around. Most intriguing is the fact that the site claims that members go on more dates and send more winks and messages to each other than any other related age group. They sound like a feisty bunch! It makes sense that at this stage of life people have the experience to find what they are looking for and possibly have an eye on who they want to spend their retirement with soon.
WHO SAID THE OVER 60S HAVE NO FUN?
Continuing the age theme, I tend to think the 60 plus market is actually the best to be in when it comes to dating. Think about it, you've lived a rich, full life, you have countless anecdotes for all situations and you definitely know by now what you want in a partner! A lot of readers have said that the most important thing at this stage of life is to find someone who shares the same interests. Specialist site, LoveInYour60s.com feeds back a fascinating stat, that 67% of members who join the site list their reason for leaving as having found a partner, with a further 12% stating that they didn't find love, but did make good friends on the site. Sounds like good fun... If you've tried the site, I'd love to hear your feedback.