Marilyn, a 57-year-old single colleague of mine, recently reconnected with someone she had worked with many years ago. "No," Marilyn said with a laugh, "it's better than that: I'm in like with him — and that's exactly where I want to be." She further confided that they planned to make their reunions "a regular thing — if four times a year can be called 'regular.' But I think that's about all I really want." Marilyn's casual approach to maintaining a friendship with benefits typifies the mindset of older folks who have reconciled themselves to having "great fun" even if it's "just one of those things." And episodic pleasure-seeking may be more common than you think: In The Normal Bar, a book I wrote last year with Chrisanna Northrup and James Witte, we reported that 61 percent of female survey respondents who had partners fantasized about someone they had met. Paula Paulette is going to be 80 in April — and she’s online dating. Charlie Stelle, have been researching the landscape and found that people over 60 represent the most rapidly growing demographic in online dating.
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Our experts have reviewed the most popular online dating sites for seniors (age 50 and up) and ranked them based on size, success rate, safety and other factors. Dating is a free online resource that offers valuable content and comparison services to users.Like Tinder, it shows users just one profile at a time, and it alerts them to profiles where a person they’ve liked has liked them back — so they’re less likely to reach out to someone and be met with silence.There are a number of options within Senior Passions to help connect members, including the following: Senior ‘Groups’ allow members to find others who share very specific interests / similarities.With Watson and Stelle’s study in mind, we’ve tested several popular dating sites, looking also for easy online experiences, and come up with five – both free and fee-based, senior-specific and all-ages – that we deem senior-friendly. Click here to visit OKCupid Note Be aware when signing up for auto-payment on any online dating site: Complaints have been filed that certain sites continue to charge monthly fees after a member cancels. See our updated Best Senior Dating Sites (2014) Thinking of trying online dating?Check out more Senior Planet articles: How to set up your online dating profile in 4 easy steps 11 ways to quit lurking and write your online dating profile Do you have a favorite dating site?No upgrades will be required for you to have full access to Senior Passions. This option opens up access to a significant number of active sites in the network, but again, it is not required.