Senior dating – it’s all about knowing what button to press

Another aspect to take into consideration, and this is a point in history that will never recur, is that those now entering middle age, they are entering retirement with a full understanding of the Internet. Finding dating sites via a PC is perhaps easier than opening a jar of pickles. Whereas recent generations of seniors have shied away from that there new-fangled technology, online dating holds no such fear for the senior citizen looking to share their later years with someone new.

And for many more mature singles, as they reach that reflective time in their lives, using dating sites is not only a way of finding out about others, but also a time of self-discovery. After a lifetime of working to pay the bills and dedicating most waking hours making sure everyone else’s needs were catered for, the reward in retirement is often that mortgages are paid, the keys to the company car have been handed back for the last time – no new model this year! – and for the first time since early adulthood, seniors can really look back on their life and forward to the future with perhaps their own offsprings’ families, share their grandchildren with a new partner in a way that time has never afforded before.  What better way to do this than by selecting just the right person to share that future with, using the dating site as a keen tool, perhaps to even better effect than their younger online dating peers.

Whether that feat’s achieved through a stand alone, specifically tailored dating site for seniors or a mainstream one with a bespoke, integrated facility whereby the single can filter the ages brought up in search results, there is absolutely no reason why senior citizens shouldn’t be taking to the Internet to find the next love of their lives, just like them pesky kids do.

And here’s a scary statistic to finish this two-part article with, that proves that there’s life in these old dogs yet. According to a recent study undertaken on behalf of match.com, 91% of singles in the senior bracket reckon they achieve the mighty O every time they have sex. I don’t know about dating sites for the elderly, but it’s no wonder the cougar and sugar daddy sites are so popular if they have that level of success every time they hit the hay. Perhaps there’s another reason why 500 NYU female students have signed up to be sugar babies on seekingarrangement.com and it’s not just to pay their way through college, after all.

Why all the fuss about seniors using dating sites?

There has been quite a bit of fuss recently about the two sectors of dating land that head up the fastest growing bands in the industry. Namely, the senior dating set, those over 55 looking for love online, who are swiftly followed in the second highest-expanding market by the 45-55’s.  Needless to say, the explosion in populous of our senior citizens has caused much consternation with the younger generation – who wants to see their grandfather appear in a compatibility search on your matchmaking site?

But what is all the commotion about? There are some very human emotions involved as to why the baby boomers are making such a huge imprint on the world of online dating. Over the last twenty years, the divorce rate has rocketed, with one in three marriages now ending in a separation. There is the creation of one aspect of the market of senior dating that doesn’t take too much working out.

Furthermore, due to a better understanding of health, fitness, diet and the need to work past the recognised ‘retirement’ age, seniors are staying active for a lot longer. Therefore, should they be scorned or ashamed of taking to the Internet to find love online when they still have so much to contribute? Of course not.

No one genuinely wants to grow old alone, not when they perhaps have so much left to give or have a lifetime of happy memories to share with an appreciative kindred soul. Generations share similarities about the pattern their life has taken and how their world was shaped by events that, when shared with someone who experienced them similarly, take on a whole new dimension than with someone who only knows of those happenings because they’ve been told or read about them.

By taking the time on a dating site to get to know a potential partner, especially at an age when you can use a matchmaking facility to really drill down into the other singles profiles to find what you want and know there is less time to mess around and play the field as one may have done in the past can make dating algorithms into exceptionally useful tools. Profile photos are a bonus but for the baby boomers looking for love online, it’s all about sharing a knowledge of the past that will make the future rosier.

Not only are today’s senior citizens relationship savvy but they are for the first time, tach savvy, too. More about that, in the next article [read more]

Seniors dating experience is no anti-climax

Following on from yesterday’s insights into how US dating singles are previewing the year and their hopes and aspirations for a better 2012, certainly as far as finding their perfect partner online goes, we continue today by looking into the physical aspects of dating. Yesterday’s emotions were a bit of an eye-opener, based on those recent Match.com survey results, and there are a few surprises to be had today, too.

If I was to ask you, given that the difference is a whole twenty points: “Of the singles who took part in the survey, which of the two sexes would you think favoured moving in together within a year after meeting their partner on a dating site? “, what would your answer be? I’ll give you a clue – it wasn’t women!

It’s true. The theme from yesterday’s articles continues, proving that men are no longer afraid of the ‘c’ word. Almost half of the men said it would be good to start cohabiting in less than 12 months (46%) compared to a smidge over a quarter of the women who believed the same (26%).

And it seems that traditions are washing away as the new generation of love seekers replaces the old. Rather than hang their hat on social traditions, people are much more comfortable dating individuals who can satisfy their need for love and to love somebody, irrespective of ethnic or religious background (11%).

Marriage is also less of a prerequisite for the basis of a new relationship, with only 23% confirming that the ceremony was a necessary aspect to start dating someone. Children were even less of a concern, with only 26% of singles saying that planning offspring had to be a compatibility issue before they’d initiate proceedings on their dating site. Rather, confidence and trust are the ways forward for attracting your next date, with a whopping 93% of singles saying that this was of vital importance.

However, there is one aspect that, based on the dating site results, only gets better with age, like a full-bodied wine that’s been left unscrewed for too long. Yep, that’s a good old orgasm. It’s absolutely true. The Baby-Boomers did not get their reputation without good reason; the over sixties have the greatest success rate of reaching climax an amazing 91-100% of the time. That must be down to the partners they choose as senior singles are the largest group to demand romance and sexual attraction as a must in their new dating site partner.