Graham1 wrote:alex59uk wrote: I believe that more than 95% of dating agencies' female members are an assortment of time wasters, gold diggers and dreamers in cloud cuckoo land, who keep waiting for that knight in shining armour on a white horse, who strangely, never shows up! I am sure that those females who are genuine, the 5% or less or who do not fall in the category I mentioned, may feel the same can be said for male members. My opinion, for what it's worth is that you cannot manufacture a partner. I think that dating agencies, in the main, are just a production line for manufactured meets that paradoxically never happen. As such, I think that the vast majority of them are just a money making scam for opportunists, whose members are a mere number that contributes to their income. Hence, as I've always said, if you don't meet somebody by a twist of fate, i.e. a chance meeting in a park, museum, supermarket, or dare I say it, at arranged group meets such as on this site, then, sadly, it ain't gonna happen.
I agree with some of what you say in that some people have an image of an ideal partner rather than a more realistic view but this club is not just for dating, it is for making friends too. Many members have found partners here too as we encourage members to tell us their success stories, although some of them were not looking for or expecting to find a partner, which might be part of the key to success. They joined up initially to find others to communicate with and maybe make some friends but in some cases the friendships became stronger and they ended up as partners. Whether you look for love or friendship, I think positive people with open minds are the most attractive to others.
Way to go Graham!
I like to take time to get to know someone. Things don't happen in one meeting. I am non judgemental and enjoy each meeting and the time it takes. Yes, I am aware of scammers, but can put things in perspective. I have some good friends on this site. Does it help people over 50 to connect? You betcha! I'm a 6 figure professional retiring soon with a lucrative pension. I have met my partner on line, whose income is low, without a picture and we have been together for 4 months now. It is a gift to find someone who loves you for you, and gives as well as receives.