Baby boomer and dating services

Boomer is “for mature people, with young heart”; claims to be “the No.1 dating service for local singles to meet other baby boomer singles”; at Mature Singles, “everyone is screened”; and Baby Boomer People promises “sincere baby boomers looking for long-term relationships today! The “Boomer Singles” section of Mingle2is free, but most of the profiles featured on the home pages are 20- and 30-somethings with usernames like freebird and slackerdude. I can’t decide which is worse: those, or the unapologetic emphasis on “senior” at places like Senior and Senior Friend Unfortunately, none of them were quite “it,” and she was about to end her membership when someone reached out to .Mike told her that she was the first person he contacted because she met his two requirements: at least 5 feet 10 inches tall and living within five miles of his ZIP code. He is funny, successful, artistic, an overall nice guy, and we have fun together. I’m just trying not to make the same mistakes I made in the past.” Jill and Mike’s story offers hope for Type AAs and slackerdudes alike.The dating services are well aware of the data: 30 percent of (the 80 million) boomers are single, and we comprise 20 percent of the online dating community.No surprise, then, that Internet advertising is fat with ads for 50 dating sites.Our flirting skills are rusty to nonexistent, some of us are still too preoccupied with work or kids to go out, and when do we go out, unless it's specifically an event for "mature" folks, everyone is 27.(MORE: Deeper Dating: A New Approach to Finding Love) So Many Sites, So Little Time I’m not saying I was ready — or willing — to try online dating, but as I was researching this, I discovered that there were at least 15 dating sites geared to boomers.

I just created a profile and paid for a month subscription but I noticed something really odd so I started to investigate.

If I do dip my toe in the digital dating pool, I don’t want to waste a lot of money. Almost all the sites offer a free trial, but once that expires, membership can get pricey. On a number of them, it’s almost impossible to get that information until after you’ve signed up for the free trial, then they start trying to upgrade you.

(MORE: 6 Steps to Create a More Photogenic Online 'Stamp') Online Dating Just for Us Most people know at least one couple who met online and are, at least ostensibly, living happily ever after.

Fifteen minutes into their first date, he asked her out again. Looking for a little more motivation to give it a shot, I called the public relations people at How About, which partnered with AARP in December to run a dating service for that organization's members.

“Is he the guy I thought I would end up with in a long-term relationship? They put me in touch with 51-year-old Los Angeles-based Dina Mande, who has been online dating for about a year and a half.

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