Some you’ve heard of, others you haven’t, and one of them will even offer you the opportunity to date a Victoria’s Secret model.

Go for Raya.) If you go this route, prepare to be Googled and judged.

Making it past their screening process is no easy feat (unless you happen to be a minor celeb, you’re going to need some luck! But before you thumb your nose at it, it’s worth noting that if you’ve got a hobby that you really care about in your 40s—such as staying really fit, which we wholeheartedly encourage—it’s a terrific way to meet a compatible, like-minded person.

However, what’s actually going on underneath the pop-style commentary and tabloid tales of ‘cougars’ and their ‘cubs’?

In search of clarity, we set out on a mission to look beyond the loaded monikers and dubious hype surrounding older woman/younger man relationships.

There is nothing much worse than having built up a relationship online to then meet the object of your interest only to find them as exciting as a mollusc.

It feels as if you are constantly putting yourself on the line, showing off your wares, only to reel in another damp squib.

Unfortunately, before you find your prince (or princess), you have to eliminate the frogs.

"Romance" scammers, sometimes referred to as "sweetheart" scammers take advantage of vulnerable people, especially divorced women over 40, by posing as an eligible romantic prospect. Scammers may use a fake name or steal the identity of a real person.

As a 48-year-old mother of four, you can imagine that logging on to this dating app felt like a last resort – strange, weird and somewhat desperate. My friends and family, as well as my children, would have been horrified, given its tawdry reputation for anonymous “hook‑ups” – one only strengthened, this week, by several studies linking it to a huge upsurge in rates of sexually transmitted diseases.