Older adults match making dating

by  |  25-Sep-2017 13:48

And when dates didn’t work out, they'd tell hilarious stories about the debacle. Five years ago I got divorced, and the gates to that digital-dating domain — more massive and confusing than ever — finally opened up for me.

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And other research shows that people over 50 are joining online dating sites at twice the rate of other age groups.

At one popular site, How About We.com, boomer traffic grew by 173 percent last year, and two of the stalwarts, and e Harmony.com, also report that boomers are their fastest-growing demographic. According to Time magazine, 1 in 4 boomer marriages are the result of online dating. The $1.9 billion industry is the Internet’s third-largest revenue producer — making more money than porn.

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 $20 to $71 per month.

For $30 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).

It seemed like fun, if a bit overwhelming, to shop for dates the way I might hunt for boots at

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