Theoretically, the online world offers greater odds of finding a partner than does a chance meeting at a party.
Meanwhile, online, I could decide between sites with free memberships, such as Plenty of Fish; paid sites with an older, more earnest clientele, such as e Harmony; niche sites such as and Gluten-Free Singles; and many others, all slightly differentiated by price, demographics, and objectives.
I signed up for Tinder and Bumble—two apps with simple interfaces that invite users to swipe on pictures of people they find attractive—as well as Ok Cupid.
Following a romance in my early twenties with an older man who, I eventually accepted, was simply at a different stage of life, I went through a series of short relationships of varying significance.
I met lovely men—many of whom remain my friends—but by my mid-thirties, I still hadn’t met anyone with whom I felt that same degree of connection and passion I had known with my first love.
There are so many options, how do you know which one to use? They're a great guideline for finding reputable dating services, monitoring the industry and making it more accountable so that those dodgy dating businesses (and there are many in matchmaking unfortunately) don't get the chance to stick around for long.
It's about time the UK dating industry had some accountability and the awards are a fantastic step forward.
Of course, I had a vested interest in one award in particular - Matchmaker of the Year.
Up against some of the most recognisable names in the industry, it was a tough call on who might win but I remained elegant, composed and sophisticated as it was announced I had won the award.
Grinder exists to facilitate casual unconditional intercourse.