Online Senior Dating Is On the Rise
There are at least 35 million single seniors in the U.S., and that number will rise as the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age. Loneliness is an issue for seniors who no longer have the interactions in the workplace, or are widowed or divorced. Making personal connections can be a challenge as the pool of available partners grows smaller.
Older people tend to have less opportunity to get out and meet potential partners than people in their 20s, 30s, or 40s. Fortunately, in the 21st Century, the internet makes it possible for seniors to connect through online dating websites.
Senior Dating Statistics
In February 2016, the Pew Research Center published the findings of a poll it conducted regarding online dating. Researchers found that 15% of adults in the U.S. have reportedly used online dating sites or mobile dating apps. The majority of Americans now believe that online dating is an effective – and fully acceptable – method for meeting potential partners.
The poll revealed that online dating among people in the 55 to 64 age group has increased significantly since the last Pew Research poll on the subject. Today, 12 percent of seniors ages 55 to 64 have used online dating sites or mobile apps, as compared to 6 percent in 2013.
Dating Websites for Seniors
In another study conducted by Pew Research Center concerning older adults and technology use, researchers found that more than half of the people ages 65 and older in the U.S. use the internet. There is a rapidly growing market for technology specifically for older people.
Specialty dating websites that cater to seniors are currently on the rise. Examples include Stitch, which claims to be about companionship, Match, which provides photos of mature seniors located near you, and Elite, an online dating portal for 50+ seniors that boasts 82 percent university graduates.
Online Senior Dating and Elderly Alert Systems
Online dating provides seniors with a way to meet people they might never have a chance to meet otherwise. It makes it possible for older people to find more opportunities for social activities, travel, and companionship.
Baby Boomers are taking a more active approach to retirement than earlier generations, and technology has advanced in elderly alert systems to meet the needs of this active group of people. If you are involved in online dating and out and about, it is an advantage to be protected against health risks while you are out of the home.
Mobile, cellular-based elderly alert systems with GPS tracking are available today. With a push of a button on a bracelet or pendant, you can get help on the way immediately in a medical emergency, even if you are far from home when the situation arises. If you are not certain of your exact location, GPS tracking can pinpoint where you through the monitoring system. See our medical alert reviews for information about the latest generation of elderly alert systems.