Ulrika Jonsson has ruled out finding love on Tinder, calling the dating app ‘brutal’ after being sent a flurry of explicit snaps from younger men.
The presenter, 53, decided to give dating online a go during lockdown after being encouraged by her best pal and recalling her experience, she’s come to the conclusion that some guys out there have ‘lost the ability to be decent and respectful’.
Convinced that most people online are out for ‘instant gratification’, Ulrika revealed she’d been sent more than one rude snap from a younger man during her stint on Tinder, after matching with them and sparking up a conversation.
Writing for The Sun, Ulrika – who split from husband Brian Monet in 2019 -explained that she turned to the dating app after finding the lack of social interaction during the coronavirus lockdown ‘tough’.
Calling herself a ‘technophobe’ and ‘old-fashioned’, Ulrika explained that she’d always brushed off setting herself up on Tinder, but after being persuaded otherwise, she threw herself in and was out looking for a toyboy – setting her age range for a match to 26 to 50.
‘My oldest child, Cameron, is 26 and it would feel a bit thorny to throw my nets out to younger fish,’ she joked.
Ulrika said that she posted three pictures of herself and no other info, asides from her age, on her profile. She started matching with a slew of younger suitors, only to then be startled when she received a number of, ahem, d**k pics.
‘They would initiate conversation, enquiring as to how I was and then, two or three questions in, they would ask if I wanted to be furnished with a picture of their Sgt Major,’ she teased.
‘I think, from that moment on, I always knew I wasn’t likely to find love’s young dream in this way… if the script starts with a headless torso and his — or most likely someone else’s — exterior plumbing exposed, the chances are he’s not settling-down material.’
While Ulrika didn’t meet her match on Tinder, intimate pictures flooding her inbox haven’t put her off and she said she’s still on the app, as well as another dating app, after enjoying having a little swipe here and there.
Stating it was a ‘thrill’ to interact with men, Ulrika – who previously revealed she is now enjoying sex more in her 50s than she did in her 30s – mused that women shouldn’t be made to feel ‘shame or embarrassment’ over using dating apps to fulfil their sexual needs in the same way men do.
‘If it’s a game for the guys, you can be damn sure I’ll make it a game for me, too. I also have needs, after all, and I won’t be made to feel shame or embarrassment because I do,’ Ulrika wrote.
‘I’ve had enough of my fellow females being debased, discredited and dishonoured because they have other feelings than love and period pains. We have every right to express our sexual needs. And an even greater right to have them satisfied.’
Ulrika was previously married three times and is mum to four children; sons Cameron, 26, and Malcolm, 12, and daughters Bo, 21, and Martha, 16, from different relationships.
Credit: Original article published here.