News Flash: The fastest-growing demographic using online dating websites are 50-to-65 year-olds! Ok, so you aren’t in your 30’s or early 40’s anymore. Maybe you’re edging up towards the big 5-0, or you’re 60+.
It used to be that online dating was strictly for the younger set, since many older folks weren’t as comfortable with computer technology, but all that has completely changed. You may not realize it, but the fastest-growing demographic using online dating websites are actually 50-to-65 year-olds!
Yup, baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, comprise about 29% of the U.S. population, which translates to about 75 million boomers out there; many looking for a new love of their life, or just simple companionship.
Here’s Why Online Dating is Perfect for Baby Boomers, Older Adults and Seniors:
1. Time and Energy
Economic challenges have forced many to postpone retirement until a later age. With less time and energy available to participate in activities which offer opportunities to meet new people, working professionals and retirees value the convenience of online dating, as well as the opportunity to learn about dates online, at our own pace, and in private.
2. Open up new dating opportunities
Are you tired of asking friends and colleagues if they know of any great single friends and hearing that people in your social circle are taken? Or the singles they fix you up with are not your type at all? Perhaps you live in a smaller town, and need to widen your horizons a little. Could be that the next town over holds a wonderful fellow or gal who is also hoping to meet someone out of their area.
3. Fine-tuning the second time around
After a divorce or the death of a spouse, older singles tend to be more savvy than Gen X'rs when it comes to knowing what they want in a partner or companion. One of the benefits of age is that older adults have a better perspective on their personal values and priorities in life, and they have learned from their past relationships
3. Focused more on the important stuff
Older daters are more clear on what is important to them, and may not be as focused on appearances as a younger dater. They tend to be more concerned with the person as a whole, and value companionship more than any other specific characteristic.
A well kept secret?
What we've found is that lots of people are hesitant to discuss their interest and/or participation in online dating for fear that their friends or families will judge or worry about them. Online safety is vitally important, but many fears are based on misconceptions.
Psst! Many of the friends and relatives whom you may be hesitant to confide in are online daters themselves!
Louise K, 56, a nurse from Delaware, wrote us the following:
I have to admit that I was afraid to tell my daughter and my sister about signing up on eHarmony, mostly because I was sure they would think I was ridiculous and that online dating wasn't safe. My sister laughed and told me that she had wanted to sign up for an online dating site as well, but didn't know which one to choose! My 29 year-old daughter offered to help me tune up my profile after I agreed to let her see it, and confessed that she had registered on OKCupid herself! We allgot a good laugh and now share our dating adventures with each other.
If you are wondering where and how to start, why not start in the beginning, by looking at Tips for Older Daters, here.