But is this a trend that could change the very nature of romance and turn long-term commitment into a thing of the past? There is striking evidence to suggest that the web is causing social change.Traditionally, women might have had one or two boyfriends before getting married; now, they are encouraged to date lots of people in a quest to find a perfect partner.His days as a property developer in Sussex are over, but so too is the dream of a peaceful retirement.He is furious at the treatment he and his wife have suffered, and scathing about the police’s insistence that the ‘victim’ must be believed, however flawed their story. Mr Fulker, a father-of-four and grandfather-of-ten, was inspired to come forward to tell his story after reading an article in this newspaper two weeks ago about the case of former fire officer David Bryant, who was jailed, then dramatically cleared on appeal, for a historic sex offence.But however clear the outcome was in court, piecing their lives back together is not so easy for Frank, 72, and his 69-year-old wife Jacque – pronounced Jackie.
Log onto Match.com, and it's a near-endless grid of faces and ages. Because we think we can do that someone hotter, smarter, and funnier awaits us in tomorrow's Ok Cupid email filled with matches, or literally around the corner thanks to apps like Tinder that surface nearby prospects. And as that twenty-something entrepreneur reminded me over coffee, services like Ok Cupid, and even Facebook, sap a lot of the mystique out of those first few dates.
Frank Fulker, 72, pictured above left, regretted his infidelity - but 30 years later he was dragged through the courts on a false allegation of rape.
Here he is pictured with his 69-year-old wife Jacque, above right Frank Fulker was hardly the first married man to harbour a guilty secret.
They each have their own level of awkwardness, and they require dropping your comfort zone.
Despite all the pressure and expectations, the first time you meet someone in person, it won't really be a "date." There's only so much that chatting online can tell you about a person. We just repeated everything we had already typed to each other.