Older women may also be scuppering their chances by being too picky.In Cory’s case, she had low expectations of her initial meeting with Kevin because they seemed to have little in common: Kevin is a maths professor, while Cory only scraped maths O-level — and he’d listed ballroom dancing among his interests.However, there can be a more subtle reason why many women who say they’d love to find a man remain single.
‘Forty is a huge cut-off point for a lot of men,’ Ruthie explains.
‘There was just one I met and we had a fantastic evening.
I contacted The Plankton and she said the huge response to her lament proves there are many older women who feel just as she does.
‘I have had so many comments saying that finally someone has come out and said the unsayable, the self-same thoughts they’ve had for so long, but never voiced to a soul in the world,’ she told me.
‘Perhaps the most moving of all was the one who said she was going to have to unsubscribe to my blog, not because she didn’t agree with it, but because it said everything she had ever thought and reduced her to tears every day and she couldn’t cry any more!