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There are also those who find online dating exhausting, meeting person after person on first date after first date.Take bachelor Benjamin Koh, 36, a consultant in learning and development at a corporate training firm, who three years ago gave up on the Lovestruck app he used to meet people.I'd think, maybe another girl would be better," he says, which would spur him to get on the dating treadmill again.Having given up on dating apps, he says he still wants to find a wife who shares his Christian faith. Another common reason that older singletons give about their lack of prospects is their shrinking social circles.Now, 40 per cent are divorced and 10 per cent are widowed.But attitudes are hard to change: There is still a lingering sense of embarrassment and conservativism about putting oneself out there, especially for older people in the dating pool here. Ms Yeo, for example, sees a marked contrast between men in Singapore and those from abroad.
I'd think, maybe another girl would be better.'' MR BENJAMIN KOH, 36, on using a dating app .
Moreover, dating agencies in Singapore have also seen a rise in demand from older singles - as well as interest from divorcees and widows.
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.
Now, more divorced persons have come forward." In 2004, when the company started, 20 per cent of its clients were divorced or widowed.
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Delaying marriage is reflective of most developed countries, says associate professor Paulin Straughan, a sociologist at National University of Singapore (NUS). I sometimes spend weekends with my elder brother and sister and their children.