Single women in their 40s and 50s are increasingly feeling that their love lives are over as men their own age use online dating to cherry-pick younger mates.

This article titled “Online dating leaves middle-aged women in ‘single wilderness'” was written by Tracy McVeigh, for The Observer on Saturday 9th July 2011 23.07 UTC

When a divorced woman on “the wrong side of 45 with a brace of kids” began to write about her experiences of being single last week, she opened her blog with the extraordinary statement that she was in “relationship no man’s land”, condemned to be alone for the rest of her life.

“I am,” she wrote, “a plankton on the food chain of sexuality and the prospect of a relationship.”

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