Millions of adulterous users of the website Ashley Madison – which bills itself as a dating site for married people – have spent this week worrying about having their membership and their cheating secrets revealed after a group calling itself Impact Team hacked into their profiles.
Some commentators have rejoiced in what they see as a deserved comeuppance for those who have been indulging in digital infidelity, while others argue the users are victims of a grave breach of privacy.
But the best part of this age group is being free from social prejudice.
Many people over 40 are tired of traditional relationships, where all the excitement is in the past and all the emotional burdens are in the present.
Another user says she’s looking for: “A passionate one-night stand like there is no tomorrow”.
But they are outnumbered by a second group of twentysomethings who are just as straightforward.
She emails me moments later: “I haven’t even finished setting up my bio and I’ve been ‘favourited’ twice.”I vow to get proactive. ” and take an indiscriminate copy-and-paste approach. I reveal I’m a journalist and he is happy to discuss his experiences.
Most so-called “free online dating sites” or “freedatingsites” aren’t actually free.
Normally what the sites offer is a free trial period of say three days, or the opportunity to create a free profile.
If they reply in kind you know they are interested before you sign up.
Luckily, absolutely free dating sites exist and they have a whole lot to offer.