Well, that’s one way to get by in a recession: a sugar daddy dating site has become increasingly popular with cash-strapped Exeter students as tuition fees rocket.
Tuition fees are set to hit an eye-watering £9,000 from this autumn, leaving many students even more hard-pressed to find ways to fund their education. Well, desperate times call for desperate measures, and the sudden popularity of sugar daddy dating websites has been exhibiting wild growth as of late.
One major dating site specialising in sugar daddy arrangements recently released figures demonstrating how Exeter boasts some of the highest number of university students joining the website. Founded by Brandon Wade in 2006, the site matches younger women with older, wealthy men looking for female companionship – women receive compensation for their time in the form of cash or luxurious gifts.
Around 35 per cent of the 50,000 members of the website are students, according to Mr Wade’s estimations, which equates to 20 young women to every sugar daddy. Newly joined students are singled out on their profiles, leading to three times the responses than others, indicating that the site seems to be working as intended.
However, is using a dating website to subsidise your education strictly safe? Critics say that the site is little more than a ‘virtual brothel,’ but Mr Wade responds that prostitution is not permitted on the website, adding that love was ‘invented by poor people’ and that people are just ‘jealous’ that they’re not young and pretty enough to fetch a high price in the open market.
What a romantic.