Looking for love? Bridges Nationwide Network director Joanne Darby helps people find love the old-fashioned way.
Looking for love? Bridges Nationwide Network director Joanne Darby helps people find love the old-fashioned way. Blainey Woodham

Tweed singles are looking for love

TWEED singles are looking for love in all the right places.

Membership on Australia's largest online dating website in the Tweed region has grown 760 per cent in the past five years.

And old-fashioned dating agencies, such as South Tweed-based Bridges Nationwide Network, are also taking off.

Bridges director Joanne Darby said their clients prefer traditional dating etiquette.

“Many of our clients don't even use computers,” Mrs Darby said.

“We work on a personal approach, rather than someone just listing themselves on a website.”

Mrs Darby said they often end up taking on a counselling role.

“Sometimes people really don't know what they're looking for.”

Once Bridges has found a match they speak with both people, exchange phone numbers and arrange a date.

Mrs Darby said they have a lot of members from Tweed Heads and the Northern Rivers.

“When I first started in this industry, about 20 years ago, the average age was 25 to 40,” she said.

“Now my average clients would be 40 to 50; my oldest is 88.

“People no longer feel because they're 50 or 60 their life is over.”

An RSVP spokeswoman revealed the region's membership has increased almost eight-fold in the past five years.

And there is a good chance of finding a match in the area with membership evenly split between men and women.

RSVP's Date of the Nation Report, released last month, revealed New South Wales has the highest proportion of people who are either married, de facto or in a serious relationship. However, there is still plenty of potential for those looking, with 42 per cent of men and 43 per cent of women single and interested in dating.

“We see no evidence of the state suffering a man or woman drought; it's just a matter of knowing where to look,” Lija Jarvis, from RSVP, said.

She added stigma towards online dating has disappeared. “With 32 per cent of online daters in New South Wales having been single for less than a year, it is by no means seen as a ‘last resort' but just a smart and logical way to meet new people.

“Singles claim one of the biggest challenges to meeting potential partners is a limited opportunity to meet other single people.”

  • What Single People Want: Personality and sense of humour (96 per cent); Manners (95 per cent); and Morals (94 per cent).
  • Every day 40 people take their profiles off RSVP because they have met their match on the site.
  • Online Dating in NSW: 23 per cent have used it; 69 per cent know someone that has used it; 34 per cent know someone that has married as a result of meeting online.
  • Nearly 75 per cent of the nation aspire to spend the rest of their life with one person.
  • 64 per cent of Australians still see marriage as an important institution.
  • 54 per cent of single men and only 46 per cent of single women have aspirations to marry.
  • When it comes to sex: 10 per cent of Australians admit to having had sex on the first date; 12 per cent have had more than 30 sexual partners; and 9 per cent have had only one partner.
  • Top picks for a first date: Dinner and drinks (37 per cent); casual café (35 per cent); and weekend lunch (23 per cent)
  • More than 50 per cent have had at least 1 one night stand and 44 per cent have had an unprotected one night stand
  • 9 per cent would like to have sex every day when they are in a relationship; Nearly 3 per cent would like to have sex twice a day; and 22 per cent twice a week.
  • More than 40 per cent have faked an orgasm
  • 1 in 4 adults have had sex and not remembered the details due to intoxication.
  • Close to 20 per cent have had sex with someone out of sympathy.
  • 34 per cent of Australians have been unfaithful in a relationship.
  • 29 per cent of Australians would be prepared to have a child before getting married and 70 per cent would date a single parent.
  • Australia’s top reasons for breaking up with a partner: Growing apart, nothing in common; Different aspirations and values; and infidelity.

The Date of the Nation Report was conducted by Neilsen and more than 7,000 Australians were surveyed.



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