While I did get some messages from men closer to my own age, they were in the minority.
Two years earlier, my relationship of nearly a decade ended.
Dating much younger women seems to stem from these men's unhealthy and unrealistic obsession with youth – perhaps a way to stave off fears of their own mortality.
In fact, such a lopsided romance is my origin story.
At 33, I found it much harder to meet men than it had been in my early twenties.
When I set up a profile on Ok Cupid, I was inundated with messages from men in their late forties, fifties and even some in their sixties.
He introduced himself and inquired about what we did for a living.