Twenty years on from the launch of the first online dating site, Match.com, perceptions (and usage) of Internet dating have changed significantly.

Much of the original stigma seems to be slipping away, and according to the Online Dating Association, online dating is now the most common way in which relationships in the UK get started.

I might ask her for the number of her colourist though.

This was confirmed by a survey conducted by OKCupid, which suggested that on average, men aged 20–50 prefer to date a girl in her early 20s.

Despite having limited the age to 41 on my own filter, the ‘Daddios’ – as old as 57 – were flooding into my inbox.

By end of week two, I had 62 ‘reasonable matches’ (people who were more than a 60% match).

But this only happened because I extended the distance range to the whole of the US. With the men I did take a shine to, it felt like we had to take exams before we could actually obtain contact. Some of them may well have later fled to the Internet in the hope they’d find their wife: soft in character, tall, with model looks, joker, non-smoker, prays in tongues at least 45 minutes a day, preferably a virgin, never confronts but isn’t a pushover... I appreciate the need to have standards when it comes to finding a life partner, but not when we’re unwilling to look at ourselves, or the fear so clearly attached to so many requirements.

I had stipulated on my profile that I’m looking only for men over the age of 28.

I’m not sure what I’m more perturbed by – that OKCupid set me up with a woman, or the fact that she was into video gaming.I would sign up to both secular and exclusively Christian websites, both paid and free, adding in the latest craze of ‘hook-up’ dating apps.On every dating site or app I tried, I would clearly state that I was a Christian, and that spirituality was ‘very important’ to me.Over in London, it seemed my girls were having similar problems.‘I wish I’d burnt my cash and made a video of it on Instagram instead of waste my time on e Harmony,’ shared one friend.Aware that e Harmony – the dating site known as most successful for marriages – has a 90-minute questionnaire, I started here.