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.
E., 39, has a group of close female friends around her age who are all single.
According to her, they had channelled all their energies into their careers, but very little into finding husbands.
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.
As they get older, more of their friends get hitched and start families. Kang, 40, who has never had a relationship, puts it this way: "As a single, you tend to hang out with singles.
The friends have less time to hang out and have fewer new friends to recommend as possible matches. We tend to get 'more single'." There have always been more women than men in her life.She was from a girls' school and mostly socialised with the same group of friends through secondary school, junior college and university.In her business administration course at the National University of Singapore and at her places of work, women also outnumbered men.Sometimes I would meet someone who I may not have had any connection with.I'd think, maybe another girl would be better.'' MR BENJAMIN KOH, 36, on using a dating app .The number rose from 43,100 to 75,600 between 20 - or a jump of 75 per cent.