The majority of those who write in are women — about 87 percent in January. Those who type in are asked for their age, gender and ZIP code before the chat begins.Of the 723 people who asked questions in January, about 24 percent were ages 21 to 24. The anonymous format is especially good for young people because it allows them to ask honest questions without worrying they’re being judged or making an adult uncomfortable, says Paula Tavrow, a professor at UCLA and the director of the school’s Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health.It’s where anyone can anonymously ask about their sexual health, from questions about pregnancy and disease to birth control and where to go for a checkup. The health educators don’t offer their opinions; so for example, they wouldn’t tell you which type of birth control they prefer.
He sounds lonely – his family is away in the countryside and he works in London Monday to Friday, longing for someone to “share a glass with”.
Browsing through the website’s members’ pages, I see about 18,760 men in London aged 40-49 signed up to the site, compared with 4,730 women in the same age range. Some advertise themselves as religious; most are older men who know they are out of my preferred age range, but “just want to say hi anyway”.
While I um and ah about forking out another wedge, the messages start to arrive.
One is old enough to be my mother and has a username that, without giving too much away, is an instruction to engage part of my mouth with a baked good she has in her possession.
Millions of adulterous users of the website Ashley Madison – which bills itself as a dating site for married people – have spent this week worrying about having their membership and their cheating secrets revealed after a group calling itself Impact Team hacked into their profiles.