Fellow divorcee Karin Bacardi-Fien, also 48, has already run the gauntlet of horrified children.Her current beau, Graeme, is an eyepopping 22 years younger than her.
They flirted outrageously and she gave him her number.
The term "urban cougar" was first used in the States to describe older women who aggressively date - or prey on, as the lingo goes - younger men.
Later this year the film Cougar Club -starring Faye Dunaway and Carrie Fisher - is released in the UK.
"Personally, I won't date anyone my own age or older, but many of my friends are much more fussy.
My friend Carina, who is 46, only dates men who are under 30, and my friend Denise agrees.