A Company Surveyed Hundreds of Adults Over 55 About Online Dating. The Results Were Fascinating.
Stitch has done us all a favor. The online over 50 community commissioned a survey of over 250 adults over 55 about online dating, and the results were incredibly eye-opening for anybody interested in enhancing his or her online dating presence. Here are some of the most important findings from the survey.
Online daters go deeper than the surface.
The survey’s most surprising results involved two of the categories most people assume online daters zone in on: age and looks. Younger daters especially look for people around their age who they think meet their standards of attractiveness. According to this write up from Stitch, “We’d be lying if we said that appearance wasn’t important at all to the over-55 demographic, but it turns out to be a much lower priority.” Older users tend to actually read the profiles of people they come across online. Maybe that’s a behavior we could all learn something from.
The online world is just the start.
Adults over 55 are simply not as interested as younger age groups in learning about potential love connections online. This doesn’t mean online dating is a bad fit for people entering their golden years. In fact, quite the contrary: the 55+ crowd is far less likely to write off a prospective partner based on screen-to-screen judgments than younger counterparts. That includes people who don’t fit the typically “filtered” categories of other online dating platforms—religion, hair color, etc.
Adults over 55 are looking for an in-person connection. According to the Stitch article, “for most older adults, a dinner date is the most important first step towards finding companionship. This makes quite a comparison to how many young people organize their first dates, which usually involve meeting up in a bar.” If you’re looking for first date ideas with an online beau, a good ol’ fashioned dinner at a restaurant is a great place to start.
While You Try Your Luck With Online Dating, Be Sure to Take a Relaxing Break Now and Then.
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