In those intervening years, online dating became my generation’s preferred way of meeting potential mates, according to a survey commissioned by e
(MORE: Deeper Dating: A New Approach to Finding Love) So Many Sites, So Little Time I’m not saying I was ready — or willing — to try online dating, but as I was researching this, I discovered that there were at least 15 dating sites geared to boomers.
So I figured I had a decent shot at honing my own rusty skills and possibly finding an age-appropriate boyfriend. Million-member-strong Our Time.com, which is owned by the same parent company as Match.com, describes itself as “a dating site that not only understands what it is to be over 50, but also celebrates this exciting chapter of our lives.” I can interact with people there for to per month.
For per month, another popular site, Senior People Meet.com, offers over-55 dating for “friendship, pen pals, romance or marriage.” I’m a bit young for that demographic: The people in the ads look like my parents’ friends (though interestingly, all the guys have hair).
Boomer is “for mature people, with young heart”; claims to be “the No.
No surprise, then, that Internet advertising is fat with ads for 50 dating sites.
Another factor fueling this online dating trend: Newly single midlifers don’t feel like there are many options for meeting other singles.
(MORE: 6 Steps to Create a More Photogenic Online 'Stamp') Online Dating Just for Us Most people know at least one couple who met online and are, at least ostensibly, living happily ever after.
Jill, 48, a friend of a friend, has been with her boyfriend, Mike, 58, since they met on two and a half years ago.
“Those who think a mate will just come to them and people who consider finding one a part-time job.” I was pretty sure I knew which camp I fell into.
She goes on to explain that she had been proactive and methodical, wading through 2,000 profiles in a single weekend, then emailing the few dozen that seemed interesting and assessing what came back to her.
” is an actual suggestion from a 50-plus member, which makes me a little depressed. ) Mande, who has been on that site for two months, said she got only two responses to her posts suggesting such dates as a jazz concert at LACMA and lunch by the pool at the Loew’s on Ocean Avenue — both from younger men. Her profile is witty and charming, with stunning photos.