Depressed about dating prospects

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E., 39, has a group of close female friends around her age who are all single.According to her, they had channelled all their energies into their careers, but very little into finding husbands.By all accounts, dating culture should be burgeoning in Singapore with the growth of online dating and dating apps such as Tinder.Moreover, dating agencies in Singapore have also seen a rise in demand from older singles - as well as interest from divorcees and widows.Expectations of what a partner should be like are thorny issues to navigate.Life found that men's concerns tend to revolve around appearances and child-bearing abilities of their partners, while women's preoccupations centre on financial stability in their potential husbands.

Three years ago, hoping to get over an unrequited crush, she took matters into her own hands and joined the Ok Cupid dating website. Three years later, she has gone on dates with men in their 30s, 40s and 50s, but has remained single. In 2004, there were 844,100 Singapore residents who were singles, compared to 1,048,100 last year - a jump of almost 25 per cent over 10 years, figures from the Department of Statistics show.

"Sometimes I would meet someone who I may not have had any connection with.

I'd think, maybe another girl would be better," he says, which would spur him to get on the dating treadmill again.

Complete Me, a dating agency with a 3,000-strong database, set up a personalised matchmaking service for above-35s last year that has since seen a 40 per cent rise in customers.

Ms Anisa Hassan, managing director of It's Just Lunch Asia, which matchmakes professionals over a meal, says: "In the past, people who were married before might have felt that the best years are behind them.

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