March 23, 2016 — Although the quest for a suitable partner or companion is an age old quest, there are some new twists – the tools for finding that person. A study from the Pew Research Center found that the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled in just the past few years, from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015). And interestingly enough, it is us baby boomers, along with the youngest adults, who are leading the charge into online dating on sites like Match.com. About 15% of the total U.S. population reports having used used online dating. The youngest adults are more likely to have used mobile apps for dating or meeting people. Some dating sites have achieved a certain level of notoriety, such as Tinder and Ashley Madison.
As we boomers age there is more need for a dating solution. Gray divorce is increasing, spouses unfortunately die, and many people never got married in the first place. Now as online dating becomes more acceptable and familiar, many are turning to it. About 41% of all American adults say they know someone who uses online dating, while 29% report knowing someone who has met a significant other using this tool. College educated and more affluent people are more likely to know people who have used online dating. Both men and women tend to have similar attitudes about online dating.
Many good things, and a few not so greats about it
Most people who report using online dating have good things to say about it:
– A good and more efficient way to meet potential partners
– Allows them to find a better match, because they can meet more people
On the negative side, there are a few drawbacks
– Some people, particularly women, think it is potentially more dangerous
– Discourages people from settling down (too many choices!)
– A few people (16%) think online daters are desperate
The MarketWatch article listed below recants some interesting experiences of online daters. Topretirements knows some people who have tried online dating. Some have met permanent partners that were good matches. Others have tried it and given up, finding it more work than pleasure. And one woman friend of ours went on over 100 “dates”, making us wonder what that was all about. But in the end she found Mr. Right and ended up happy ever after.
The Pew survey was conducted over the phone among 2,000 adults age 18 or over during the summer of 2015.
For further reading
Market Watch – What Baby Boomers Can Teach Millenials About Online Dating
Pew Research Center Dating Study
Comments? Have you used online dating services? If so, what was your experience like – and would you do it again? What dating sites did you like. Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below.