Boomer online dating

Many have different stresses like dealing with aging parents, children who have grown and left (or left and come back), and, if you have arrived here, it’s because you have no one to love in your life, at least not romantic love, that is where online dating comes in.

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“I can only tell you that they tell me — they’re not,” Myers says.

“They’re mostly looking for women who are 10 years within their own range, often in either direction.” But that, she adds, is also because the sites she chooses are geared towards older Americans.

As you look at the years that have flown by, and stare at the dwindling years ahead, you realize that you don’t want to spend the twilight years alone. Online dating offers you the chance to meet people, make friends and connections. Looking for love in your ‘senior’ years is not easy. Possibly because as a single boomer your married friends don’t feel comfortable with you around (that happened to me when I was divorced).

You just need the courage to put yourself out there. It’s not so much that you are that old, after all you are still young at heart, it’s more that your opportunities to find a love relationship is more difficult. Some boomers have lots of family around, some don’t.

Apps like Tinder are popular among young people, researchers say, but there are more complex reasons why older singletons have gone online.

Boomers are more likely to be single, divorced or widowed, studies have shown.

The older you get, the more women there are in relation to men. Word of mouth is as powerful as advertising, perhaps more so.

“There’s been a real reduction in the stigma attached to online dating over the last decade or so, and that’s particularly true of older users,” adds Aaron Smith, associate director of Internet research at Pew.

“People who are too choosy will end up lonely — or unemployed.” He calls the time spent looking romantic unemployment.

“If you’re giving up a year of your life to look at 60, it’s a big chunk of the time you have left,” he adds.

Nearly six-in-10 college graduates (58%) know someone who uses online dating, and nearly half (46%) know someone who has entered into a marriage or long-term partnership with someone they met online. Online dating is like shopping on Amazon rather than wandering aimlessly around a shopping mall.

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