“Years ago when people got to their fifties they'd start thinking it was pipe and slippers time," says Paula Hall from relationship counsellors Relate."But increasing longevity means people have more time up their sleeves now, and they're thinking more about what they really want to do with that time."notes that “over-50 is one of the biggest areas of divorce now,'' presumably as people realise ''they still have a lot of life, a long life to live.' Unlike previous generations who ''did not have options,'' today's older dating population seem to have nothing but opportunity.
The worst places to date in the United States for singles over 50 are Detroit, MI; Buffalo, NY; and Philadelphia, PA.Consequently, online dating sites tailored to the needs of older crowds have sprung up in recent years to reveal some interesting trends.According to AYI's research on older dating habits, people in their 50s—particularly women—are a lot pickier than millennials when it comes to the age of a potential suitor, and more likely to skip over predetermined mutual “matches” than younger generations.“We found that women in their 50s and 60s tend to be interested in men younger than them," Fischer said."It’s not a taboo subject anymore the way it once was.Rather, it’s an incredibly effective and easy tool for eliminating loneliness,” he said.