Yet she is not, as one might assume, in the flush of youth and hopeful that her date may prove to be marriage material.
At 68 years old Diana is one of swathes of sassy over-60s turning to internet dating sites in search of companionship, love and, yes, sex.“Dating is exciting and fun, why would I want to sit around and get old?
Misconception Half of singles over 50 agree that the biggest misconception about them is that they are NOT interested in sex (50%).
Other misconceptions include that they are not open to new experiences (46%), their health is deteriorating (45%), they are lonely/less social (44%), and they have a negative outlook/not happy (38%).
I’d had a longish marriage and then a 10-year love affair with a man much older than I – the cartoonist Mel Calman.
Lucky 7 51% of singles over 50 are NOT satisfied with their sex lives.
In fact, I couldn’t imagine them ever having had any sex, ever.
That’s what I thought, anyway, in my snobby and blinkered youth. Because time sped by and suddenly I’d joined them – without the perm and cardi because nobody has them now – but 60 all the same.
A whole industry geared to helping pensioners find “the one” has mushroomed in recent years as the divorce rate among that age group has soared and a new attitude has emerged in which you don’t have to be young to aspire to romantic fun.
Now, one in 10 retired singles looks to the internet to find love and sex.