“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.“The health of the partner seems to be more important than the age. “They may be trying to replicate the experience they had with their spouse and maybe want to go snow birding, head down to Texas or Florida from the Midwest for the winter,” she says.Nobody seems to want to take someone on who’s in a bad way physically.” For instance, older online daters, Myers says, often ask: Are you looking for a traveling partner? “Cruising is a good example of that.” (She is referring to the ocean-bound rather than the online kind.) Still, she’s been “dinged” a couple of times, she says, and has made fast exit.But some areas are harder to navigate for older daters, particularly when it comes to where they want to live and how they want to live.College graduates and the affluent are especially likely to know people who use online dating or met someone through it.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.“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.
More baby boomers are clicking their way to true love.Heidi Raschke is a longtime journalist and editor who previously was the Executive Editor of Mpls-St.