The only relationship discussions more trending than dating for women over 50 is online dating sites for baby boomer women! Is it a “racket”, or a great idea? We recently caught up with Dr. Gail Saltz, relationship psychiatrist and expert for OurTime.com, to talk about the new role online dating services are taking in forging new relationships during midlife. “How do I now find someone? “Is this a potential tool for me?” (Be sure to read Part 2!)
How – and why – did this idea of an online dating service for baby boomers get started?
OurTime.com was launched by the same company as Match.com. SeniorPeopleMeet.com was a site dedicated specifically to people over 50 looking to get back into the dating scene, but not quite sure how to go about it. OurTime.com helps seniors decide if online dating service is a potential tool for helping them to find someone.
Ourtime.com already has over 1 million subscribers, which represents a pretty significant pool of people interested in and using it. Most subscribers are between the ages of 50-65, although there are also singles in their late 40’s as well as over 65. It includes a lot of articles on dating, relationship suggestions, fears, etc.
Is the baby boomer generation open to online dating?
Fifty-something’s, both women and men, didn’t grow up using the internet or technology in general as a regular diet. The online experience of baby boomers has, however, increased exponentially in the last 3-5 years, with more and more seniors becoming less wary of learning how to navigate online and more likely to give it a go.
The over-50 set has a significant single population. Many baby boomers are at a time in their lives when most of their relationships have changed. Not only does the onset of empty nest represent the peak of divorce, but many people are widowed or simply not involved in a long-term relationship. For many of these people, a relationship model looks much different now than it did 20 or 30 or more years ago. At this time in their lives, they’re no longer looking for the mate for their future children, but instead are seeking companionship and love! For baby boomer women, dating over 50 can be a pleasant surprise.
Single seniors looking to date come here because they want to be with someone in their age range. They have a lot in common – many are newer to online dating; they may feel tentative and unsure, and they don’t know what to do or how to navigate the environment at first. Good news – dating for 50+ women can open a new chapter in your life!