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People Over 40 Are Using Online Dating More Than Ever

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By Heather Fishel

Thanks to the internet, online dating has become an absolute phenomenon. People in every corner of the world get online to find potential dates, meet new people, and find others with shared interests. And today, online dating platforms and mobile apps are seeing record numbers.

Online dating makes it easier than ever to connect with people both near and far from you. However, it’s also an incredible way to gauge compatibility and chemistry with others before you make a commitment. 

If you’re looking for love, it’s time to consider online dating. While adults age 40 and older may be a little hesitant, online dating can introduce you to so many opportunities – and so many potential love interests.

Online Dating Is Common – And Popular

Many people wonder if online dating is really as common as it seems. In the early days of online dating, it was very new and unfamiliar. But today, finding love online is almost equal to finding love in “traditional” ways, or in person.

Nearly every person knows at least one couple that first met online. And there’s no real stigma around online dating thanks to its prevalence. It’s instead become a global phenomenon that many people participate in.

You can find love no matter where you are – or even what you’re doing – thanks to online dating. And it’s so popular that people are now accessing multiple online dating apps right on their smartphones every day. In fact, more than 40 million Americans are currently dating online. That means 40 percent of the U.S. popular is looking for love online!

Here’s a fact that’s even more surprising. Online dating is now so popular that 40 percent of couples first met online. That’s nearly half of all the couples in America. So what are you waiting for?

Older Adults Can Find Like-Minded Daters Online

Online dating is certainly popular among young daters. After all, young people love the latest technology, and they have no problem turning to apps and websites to meet new people. But older individuals don’t need to be hesitant about online dating.

There’s a whole world of people waiting online to meet others in their age group. Online dating for adults over age 40 has doubled in recent years, and there’s an influx of older daters heading onto the internet. It gives older adults the chance to learn about potential dates, letting you vet the other person and see a bit of their personality before you meet in person. Overall, older adults feel safer when dating online, since they can control the pace and build a level of comfort

Online Dating Is Growing Among the 40-Plus Age Group

More and more adults over age 40 are giving online dating a try. Research shows that increasingly more adults between the ages of 55 and 64 are using online dating, and it’s currently the fastest-growing age group for online dating.

Online dating isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. New options in the form of both websites and apps allow older adults to meet all kinds of people. You can choose an online dating site based on a specific interest, a personality trait, or even the kind of date you’re looking for.

And there’s likely even an online dating platform that suits exactly what you’re seeking. and eHarmony are two online dating sites that pair couples who are looking for long-term commitment and more meaningful, in-depth matchmaking. Sites like Silver Singles Senior Dating and OurTime are actually just for older adults – meaning you’ll only find matches within your age range and similar stages of life.

You can even find other sites to choose from. In addition to the sites above, adults of any age can try OkCupid, Bumble, and Tinder, as well as options like:

For people who are older, online dating offers convenience, variety and safety that can’t be matched. There are so many choices, so many users, and so many ways to branch out and meet others.

Find Your Perfect Match Online Today

If you’ve been looking for love, it’s time to try something new. Older adults should give online dating a chance. It holds so much potential – and it can give you a renewed excitement about finding love. You can meet others who are your age. You can get to know them before you meet in person. Even more importantly, you can meet people who you’d never meet in your daily life.

And giving an app or online dating service a try comes with little risk. You don’t have to commit in any way. In fact, you can actually try out a number of online dating sites for free. Look for special deals and free trials to get your feet wet and decide which sites are best for you. Your future significant other may have already taken the plunge – so why not get started?

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Heather Fishel



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