‘After my divorce five years ago I wanted to let my hair down and have a bit of fun.
‘I am sociable, well-educated and enjoy a rich and varied social life, but would like to meet someone special who I have a connection with to share intimate moments and memorable times.
‘I’d like to meet a man who is open, kind, sensual and laid back, someone with a good sense of humour and a glass half full attitude.’ It didn’t take long for the messages to flood in but my enthusiasm was dented by the standard of ‘millionaire’.
Despite being looked down upon by many, some would argue there’s nothing wrong with a woman trading in on her looks and ability to laugh at jokes in exchange for shoes and rent.
At least it’s more honest than stringing someone along pretending to be in love when you’re using them as a meal ticket.
‘But very rarely does it develop into anything more than that.
Long-term relationships are rare.’ I also spoke to construction firm owner Barry, from Essex, who uses Sugar daddy dating sites regularly.
‘Sugar daddy dating seemed like a good middle-ground – I could have fun with someone hot and she enjoyed a better lifestyle as a consequence.
‘Since then I’ve had a number of relationships with girls I have met online and, until I want something more serious, it suites my lifestyle and I have met some great people.’ So, while not being the most conventional form of dating it could be arguably one of the most honest.
Now, thanks to online dating, so-called ‘mutually beneficial’ relationships have never been easier to come by.
I love the idea of Richard Gere bankrolling my shopping trips to Selfridges every weekend, and I can’t see much wrong with two consenting adults agreeing to a relationship that suits them both.
However, there is more to it than a simple cash for sex exchange.