‘I am sociable, well-educated and enjoy a rich and varied social life, but would like to meet someone special who I have a connection with to share intimate moments and memorable times.‘I’d like to meet a man who is open, kind, sensual and laid back, someone with a good sense of humour and a glass half full attitude.’ It didn’t take long for the messages to flood in but my enthusiasm was dented by the standard of ‘millionaire’.
‘After my divorce five years ago I wanted to let my hair down and have a bit of fun.
‘I wasn’t looking for a serious relationship or to spend months formally dating but I didn’t want to pay for company either.
‘But very rarely does it develop into anything more than that.
Long-term relationships are rare.’ I also spoke to construction firm owner Barry, from Essex, who uses Sugar daddy dating sites regularly.
Sugar daddy dating as been around for years, long before the internet or dating sites.
Remember the cliché of the man in the middle of a mid-life crisis – trading the Honda in for a Porsche and the wife for a younger model?
I wasn’t quite sure if this was a post-modern comment on the randomness of online dating or if he was a victim of early onset dementia. Meanwhile their profiles demanded ‘you will be slim, attractive and available for lunchtime meet-ups’.
Messages from anonymous (aka married) members saying ‘I like going out and staying in, weekends away and holidays in the sun’ were as creative as they came.
The approach is, undeniably, direct – with a form in the profile section detailing your desired arrangement and expectation, ranging from moderate to substantial and high. Within 10 minutes of being live I had an inbox full of emails from men detailing what they’d require from me and asking what I’d expect in exchange.