After a quick search, I get the measure of the women on the site.

"My preference is for a man who is much younger than me with rugged features," says one. This is a way of paying someone a compliment without typing out the words. And over the course of a week I get almost 100 replies, messages and propositions.

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Her photograph reveals that the hour has stretched to 90 minutes.

I'm already starting to feel like I've had enough of this experiment.

So I paid £119 for a month's membership, giving me an entre to thousands of faithless females.

They are allowed to sign up for free as a way of ensuring the numbers are balanced between the sexes.

After discussing how mundane marriages become and avoiding questions about my personal life, it's clear we're past our sell-by date after ten minutes, never mind ten years. She doesn't want to discuss her husband, and I feel uneasy talking to her.

Despite this, she still seems keen to flirt with me.

Many of them are middle-class, many have young children.

And all of them are looking for an opportunity to betray their spouses. But I wanted to find out what sort of woman uses such a site.

In the end, we agree to part and she wishes me luck and assures me I'll find the perfect paramour. This was like having a meeting with a new accountant with a helping of self-disgust thrown in.

Later on I'm perplexed when she sends me two flirty text messages.

In order to fit in with the general ethos of the website I have invented a wife.