Men are often lambasted for sexual malpractice with women they meet online, but women, it seems to me, are by far the more permissive gender.

Now, I am on match.com, which bills itself as Britain’s biggest online dating website for professionals.

But I didn’t have a chance because on her profile, she stated: ‘All my children are over 18.’In other words, I need not apply because my son would be too young for her.

totallyjewish dating-14totallyjewish dating-6

Most women I want to meet — single mothers my age — have older children. I can get to know dates online before we go out for dinner.

I’m starting my career again and all my energy goes into work and my son. A seemingly sensible saleswoman I contacted last November sent me a picture of herself in a gold bikini.

We enjoy regular Sunday lunches together and if there’s someone I’m considering introducing our sons to, Christabel — who’s been with a new boyfriend for the past two years — will meet her first. But I was torn between spending time with Alison and seeing my boys.

After two years, she ended it, saying she didn’t feel like a big enough part of my life.

We’ve all heard about the bad behaviour of men who date online: the married ones just out for casual sex, the ‘successful businessmen’ who turn out to be minicab drivers and the ‘spontaneous risk takers’ who are, in truth, crashing bores.

Carleton Smith, 55, is a divorced private chef from Chilham, Kent. But, by that point, I’d been internet dating for two years and had been told one lie too many. I began online dating six months after my wife Christabel and I separated five years ago.Unsurprisingly, as we left she said we didn’t click. My favourite date was with a 39-year-old teacher and fellow single mother. Yet we didn’t have sex — perversely, weeks of emailing had led to over-familiarity and, by the time, we met we’d formed too much of a friendship to take it further.Bill Addison, 67, is a retired aircraft engineer from Stockport, Cheshire.The build-up is rarely racy: one woman cooked me chicken casserole last month before kissing me on the sofa.The next morning, she made tea and I left with a spring in my step.For the last few months, I have been seeing a chef my age I met on the site. Before we even met, she admitted she’d come to snoop through the windows of my house to check I was above board. The next day I changed my profile to read ‘widowed a few months ago’.