Having given up on dating apps, he says he still wants to find a wife who shares his Christian faith. Another common reason that older singletons give about their lack of prospects is their shrinking social circles.
As they get older, more of their friends get hitched and start families. Kang, 40, who has never had a relationship, puts it this way: "As a single, you tend to hang out with singles.
The friends have less time to hang out and have fewer new friends to recommend as possible matches. We tend to get 'more single'." There have always been more women than men in her life.
He found the constant search for romantic possibilities tiring and fruitless.The number of singles also rose across all ages surveyed, but the sharpest spike was in the 50s age group.The number rose from 43,100 to 75,600 between 20 - or a jump of 75 per cent.Now, more divorced persons have come forward." In 2004, when the company started, 20 per cent of its clients were divorced or widowed.Now, 40 per cent are divorced and 10 per cent are widowed.Complete Me, a dating agency with a 3,000-strong database, set up a personalised matchmaking service for above-35s last year that has since seen a 40 per cent rise in customers.Ms Anisa Hassan, managing director of It's Just Lunch Asia, which matchmakes professionals over a meal, says: "In the past, people who were married before might have felt that the best years are behind them.Some said on their profiles that they were married but were looking for 'friends'," she says.There are also those who find online dating exhausting, meeting person after person on first date after first date.I'd think, maybe another girl would be better.'' MR BENJAMIN KOH, 36, on using a dating app .He found that having a stream of romantic possibilities was not conducive to finding a committed relationship and stopped using it three years ago This might seem counter- intuitive at first glance.