Online dating in middle aged adults
Age was also negatively related to the number of offline methods people used to meet potential dates, again suggesting that as they get older people employ fewer face-to-face methods as a means for meeting. Furthermore, older people in this study were less likely than younger ones to say that they had met potential dates in clubs, bars or even via friends, but were more likely to say that they used newspaper ads in their dating endeavors. Are people less inclined to use online dating as they get older?Do older people think there may be a stigma attached to this method of securing a date, or are they put off by having to use a computer or Smartphone?If younger individuals judge online dating to be an additional and extensive part of their dating repertoire and view it as more acceptable than older individuals, it may be the case that engagement with online dating will decrease as people age.
The technology also gained some users among 45-to-54-year-olds.
’Disclosure to their social networks such as having told family or friends that they use the internet as a means of meeting people, and the reactions of their friends and family to knowing that they use the internet to meet people. Involvement The researchers firstly found that older individuals were more likely to respond to online personal ads, and also to report that they had met someone face-to-face who they had originally met online.
Furthermore, the number of messages people reported sending increased with age, along with the time they spent involved in online dating.
Overall The findings from this study reveal that overall, general involvement and satisfaction with online dating increases with age.
But despite this, the prevalence of older age groups using online dating is much lower than for younger people. ‘Motivation for Social Contact Across the Lifespan: A Theory of Socioemotional Selectivity’.