The love: Marriage celebrant Sandy Klaus and husband Tom have found love but agree it is harder than ever to find what they have.
The love: Marriage celebrant Sandy Klaus and husband Tom have found love but agree it is harder than ever to find what they have.

Singletons search for love online

THE latest data out from an online dating website shows 1135 singletons from the Southern Downs are signed up in the search for love.

For Rose City marriage celebrant Sandy Klaus, this has put the nail in the coffin of her theory that romance has died.

“People don’t seem to woo anymore but you can’t blame Warwick for that,” she laughed.

“I think romance has died.”

Before Mrs Klaus – who is happily wedded – was a celebrant, she worked at the Daily News front counter where she regularly met Warwick’s eligible singletons during the course of her job.

“We used to take Connections (match-making service) over the counter and there was this one man who would come in at least once a week, sometimes more,” Mrs Klaus said.

“He would come in with this list of unrealistic expectations this bird should have. Like she must have a car and be aged 28 to 40 years old.

“He wanted a wife before Christmas and I was to get him a wife. He didn’t get one... I think he’s still single.”

Mrs Klaus mused it was “extremely difficult” in the realm of love especially for the young but offered a glimmer of hope.

“It’s a cultural thing – people don’t seem to go out like they once did. The pub is probably not the best place to meet,” she said. “There were things like the drive-ins and country dances but they don’t seem popular anymore.”

“Now it doesn’t seem masculine for men to take a woman out on a date but it seems once they commit the romance starts.”

Romance must be alive – albeit hibernating in a dark cave somewhere – as Mrs Klaus has wed about 20 couples on the Southern Downs during her two years in the job.

“I probably get one a month – it’s the best job in the world. What I’ve found is the people who I marry have been together for quite a long time,” she said.

When asked the location of romance’s hibernating cave one Warwick 24-year-old single woman, who wished to keep her identity a mystery, merely laughed.

“I think it’s dead,” she said as she tousled her long brown hair thoughtfully.

“Romance, wooing. They’re dead.”

The six-foot beauty admitted to dabbling in online dating “for a bit of a laugh with a friend while having a wine”.

And she’s not alone as a quick search on RSVP, an on-line dating service which boasts “where more Australians meet”, revealed more than 1100 men and women from the Southern Downs have signed up.

The site offers a range of searches where singles can limit variables from the obvious such as age and gender to the obscure.

“It takes a lot of time to go out. This way you can cull the list down quickly but I haven’t signed up or dated this way,” the mystery love-searcher said.

A simply search of “Warwick 4370” and male seeking female brought up 543 hits in about two seconds when the age bracket was restricted to 18 to 60 year olds.

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