Adam (Editor) asked me if I fancied going along to an eHarmony event a few weeks ago and at the time I thought yeah why not, but in truth after the event I wasn’t really sure what to write about, yeah it was nice, I had some drinks and watched a Romantic Comedy but it didn’t inspire me to write about dating. So weeks went by and Adam was still bugging me to write something, then that day all single people dislike/hate suddenly appeared out of nowhere and an idea suddenly came to me…..

5 years, 1 month and 9 days. That is for how long I have now been single. In that time, I have sought love, romance and maybe a little bit of how’s your father in a variety of locations. Yes, there were the late-night bars and seedy South London clubs in my late 20s, but it was not until I bit the bullet and signed up to the first of internet dating sites that I finally came into my own and embraced my single life.

In the past 4 years, I have signed up to almost every dating site going, honing my craft and becoming a veritable doyenne of dating. I have been on more first dates than many of my dates have had hot dinners. Many, many first dates, very few seconds (to be fair, it’s not always their fault – I can go a little enthusiastically at the white wine from time to time which isn’t my finest quality to be revealed on a first meeting). And this ratio of first to second dates is getting worse as time goes on, with the “hook-up” app trend blooming. Tinder, Plenty of Fish, OK Cupid, Happn, and their ilk have exploded onto screens across the country. Ping! Ping! Ping! Goes my phone as the potential suitors express their carnal desires, their most base of feelings in words of fewer than two syllables.

For why, in the 21st century, should people not want to bring back the romance into their lives? Isn’t there more to dating than just getting smashed and your leg over? No, I say, no. Bring back the flowers and chocolates, the talking til dawn, the walks in the park with only a chaste kiss goodbye (until next time). Bring back holding hands and lightly touching noses, bring back roses and cuddles and good old-fashioned love.

So sets out the premise of eHarmony, a site for this. You may have to hold out a little longer for that knee trembler than the promise of Grindr, but it will be worth it.

It’s Valentine’s and I’m willing to give it a shot.

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