When I met William, for example, I hardly recognised the cultured, artistic and caring individual from his profile.

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(Except bisexuals, who are apparently just teases).

So you'd think it would be easy to just knock about 25% off anyone's stated attractiveness in an online profile, and move on from there.

I have spent more than a year looking for love online.

I have subscribed to top matchmaking sites, gone on many disastrous dates and ended up shell-shocked and disillusioned.

I felt like I had hit the love jackpot but the reality couldn’t have been more different.

My first date was with an immaculately dressed 60-year-old with salt and pepper coiffed hair who bleated on about his top job in IT and spent most of the lunch gawping at a group of 20-something female students.

Breaking: everyone involved in online dating is a craven, superficial liar. A 5'8 guy needs to make K more than a 5'10 guy to be judged as attractive as him.

Dating should be a breeze, since we're all young, tall, wealthy, and attractive (online). In a new data-mining study of online dating of the sort that everyone trying to fill a news hole loves, the following facts were revealed: Men think women go downhill after age 21.

In online dating terms, at 48 I am considered ancient.

Lesson number two: don’t believe everything you read.

Silly as it might sound, I kept hoping my perfect man was only a mouse click away.