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Internet dating has come a long way since Kindred Spirits started online in 2005.When once it was considered to be the preserve of the desperate, the weird or the unfaithful, it is now a must-try for any single looking for a date.If I did, they were unlikely to share my outdoor sports obsession.I chose the Telegraph site because I hoped to meet someone like-minded and because I wanted to increase my chances of meeting someone I clicked with, romantically or otherwise.” When Andy saw Tigger’s profile online, he decided he just had to make contact with her.They decided on a mountain- biking weekend in North Wales for their first encounter and, despite the mud, torrential rain and a few injuries, it was a hit and the two have been a couple ever since. Tigger tried living in the Shetlands for nine months but couldn’t find work and had to return to London.They are now travelling between their two homes but hope soon to find a way to live together permanently in one place. “I totally recommend it and keep telling my friends to try it,” he says.
A year down the line, we live together and have shared an absolutely amazing time –mountain-biking, climbing, sailing, paragliding and skiing. This has changed my life.” I was intrigued to meet Tigger and Funoutdoors and to discover what made them turn to Telegraph Dating to find a partner. Funoutdoors is actually Andy Elwood, an ultra-fit 40-year-old divorcee who works as a search and rescue winchman in the Shetland Isles.
With an estimated five million Britons logging on to find love, friendship or fun, the stigma attached to using dating websites is finally disappearing.
My friend Maria is a typical convert to online dating.
At first, it felt like shopping and I would feel rejected when 'Dan from Twickenham’ said he wasn’t interested. I’m currently single, but the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.” Internet dating makes sense for those leading busy lives or for those who don’t regularly meet new or suitable people within their existing social network.
It can also be an attractive proposition for people re-entering the dating arena after the breakdown of a long-term relationship, or after a divorce, because it allows them to be clear about what they are looking for.
Both of them were divorcees looking for a new relationship.