But am I being naive in thinking sugar daddy dating is simply a case of click and collect, or are online arrangements one step away from selling yourself to the highest bidder?
I signed up to where ‘the classy, attractive and affluent meet’.
John from Sussex, a regular user of sugar daddy dating sites explains.
‘The people on them are all there for the same thing as opposed to dating sites where you don’t know what people’s intentions are.
The approach is, undeniably, direct – with a form in the profile section detailing your desired arrangement and expectation, ranging from moderate to substantial and high. Within 10 minutes of being live I had an inbox full of emails from men detailing what they’d require from me and asking what I’d expect in exchange.
‘I’d like to book you next Thursday.’ ‘My last arrangement included £250 a week, £1,000 per month long term – how does that sound?
‘I’m open-minded and non-judgmental so have no issue with somebody who might have other commitments, what is important to me is that when we are together the time we share is inspiring and fun-filled!
Here’s what I wrote on my profile – ‘I am a positive, fun-loving girl from London looking to meet somebody for good times, interesting conversation and plenty of fun.
‘I am sociable, well-educated and enjoy a rich and varied social life, but would like to meet someone special who I have a connection with to share intimate moments and memorable times.
‘I’d like to meet a man who is open, kind, sensual and laid back, someone with a good sense of humour and a glass half full attitude.’ It didn’t take long for the messages to flood in but my enthusiasm was dented by the standard of ‘millionaire’.
Most looked more like welders from Clacton-on-Sea than hedge fund managers from Knightsbridge.
I was asked, within three message exchanges, by a man from Solihull, my thoughts on anal sex (dinner first, at least please) and invited out for lunch by an elderly gentleman who lived in Yorkshire who then sent me a picture of himself holding a fish with a message ‘joking’ about how tight Yorkshire men were with money.