Some of the men who contacted me sensibly questioned whether I was real, wondering why on earth a good-looking girl like Charlie was trying to meet men online, when clearly all she had to do was walk down the street to start heads turning.
I was offered many clichés, such as ‘You’re too beautiful’, ‘You ought to be modelling’ and ‘What brings a girl like you to Badoo?’. Others had clearly made contact with scores of women before, only to find they were troubled, dysfunctional or — like me — faking the way they looked or even who they were. For the internet allows you to be whoever you want to be.
A 48-year-old man from Leeds wrote simply: ‘Please, please, please be normal.’