One in four single men questioned said they wanted a committed relationship so they could start a family, while a fifth worried that they would be ‘left on the shelf’ while their friends were paired off.
But before they settle down men will enjoy eight dates with different women, as well as three blind dates and meet three people over the internet, according to the study of loved-up Brits who have already met the one.
That was last year, before I casually sauntered into the wide and anarchic world of online dating, overwhelming my senses with the vast number of available women in New York who were willing to meet for drinks or dinner or perhaps an afternoon walk.
Men, on the other hand, face being stood up twice and will have six one-night stands before they meet their ideal partner.
This figure could be coming down, though, because a separate study suggests that men are becoming less afraid of commitment.
It wasn’t until recently, when I stepped back to reflect on my time in the digital dating arena—a whirlwind of pretty faces and predictable interests and prosaic conversations—that I realized my lifetime date count had, like a strain of mutant amoebae, multiplied by more than sevenfold.
But only one date—and I went on close to 50 via online services—made it past the first encounter.
I am, as the Jerome Kern tune goes, old-fashioned, even though I’m 26, and I like old-fashioned girls.