On the face of it, online dating is the “killer app” of the singles scene.
Unfortunately, as I intend to show in this article, the reality is rather different.
Speak to singletons over the age of 30 and you hear the same mournful refrain: “Most of my friends are married or partnered up and the only single people I meet are workmates.” Add to that the fact that once the carefree 20s are over, lots of things change – with more responsibility at work, there’s less leisure time, mortgages begin to take their toll and fewer carefree parties take place.
"This is a hugely complex job and for me it is a totally unexpected career." Drawing Down the Moon is one of the most established dating agencies, and unlike online dating sites it provides personalised introductions.
Kennedy's normal day runs from 12noon-8pm, during which she interviews six potential members who hope to be put on the agency books.
St Valentine's Day may have been and gone, but for professional matchmakers the search for true love is a day-to-day concern.
And while there are plenty of cowboy dating agencies out there, a reputable company can offer a job that is immensely varied and rewarding."I didn't set out to be a matchmaker but I find myself endlessly fascinated by who walks in the door and their take on the world and on love," says Kate Kennedy, senior consultant and matchmaker at Drawing Down the Moon.