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He describes how his relationships unfolded: Of those 200, only one third progressed to regular communication, phone calls and emails, and of those 66 about half got to the coffee meeting stage. Out of those coffee meetings, usually only about one out of five developed into a romantic relationship.Now this may sound like rather poor odds, but from my point of view six or seven romantic relationships over six or seven years at my age is an extremely positive outcome.Recent research conducted at Swinburne University investigated the dating and relationship practices of older Australian adults aged between 60 and 92.Those who had met their partners through dating websites went online because they felt there were very limited places and opportunities to meet like-minded others and because they no longer took part in the pub and club scene.He was dating for the first time since the death of his wife and met his new partner offline within four days of meeting online. He and his partner were stunned at the outset by how quickly their relationship developed, he said.Numerous stereotypes apply to older adults as non-sexual beings or, as one participant put it, “past it”.
Co-authored by Keisha Carden, MA Many adults seek intimacy into later life, both in person and online (Addis et al., 2006). Reflecting this growth, as of 2014, 56 percent of people age 65 and older used Facebook (Duggan et al., 2015). Since 2013, online dating rates among adults age 55 to 64 have nearly doubled from 6 percent to 12 percent (Pew Research Center, 2016), triggering the dawn of new dating sites with minimum age requirements. Many described a sense of urgency that compelled them to meet up as quickly as possible.For George, 69, the “best thing” about online dating was the “speed” with which relationships could be swiftly advanced to real-life experiences.