Dating senior sex
Reflecting this growth, as of 2014, 56 percent of people age 65 and older used Facebook (Duggan et al., 2015).
Since 2013, online dating rates among adults age 55 to 64 have nearly doubled from 6 percent to 12 percent (Pew Research Center, 2016), triggering the dawn of new dating sites with minimum age requirements.
As Neil, 71, said: I recognised the net as the most practical way to connect with like-minded people of a similar age plus the ability to match for common interests/locality and see a photo. For others, the online dating experience is comparatively brief as they find a connection with someone almost immediately.
Neil had been using dating websites for seven years and had established contact with about 200 women.
Max, 69, said: I guess one of the things, Sue, that I’ve been absolutely staggered [about] and you know, God, I’m no oil painting, but I’ve been staggered …
Just because someone is single, widowed or divorced, that does not mean they are interested in dating. Older adults who have, for the most part, been married or cohabited long-term, fear the embarrassment of getting it wrong. For many older adults, online dating is easy, relatively safe, anonymous and provides a structured approach to what is typically an unstructured process. The setting up of profiles, viewing others’ profiles and photographs, sending “kisses” or “stamps”, responding with emails, chatting online or by phone and in due course meeting in real life, is a process organised and regularised by the online dating websites. Many older adults initiate meetings with numerous prospective partners over many months.
Older adults believed the stereotypes themselves, until they found themselves involved in loving, intimate relationships.
Many expressed surprise at just how sexual and exciting their new relationships were.
Elaine, 61, quickly found a compatible partner: The third man I’d contacted replied to my message … I replied that I’d like to email him a bit to learn more about him.
We exchanged about three emails apiece and then we met for coffee.