Online dating isn’t just for young people anymore. Senior citizens seem to enjoy it just as much.
Senior People Meet, Seniors Meet and Ourtime.com are currently the three biggest online dating sites for those considered to be “senior citizens,” and the three sites combined share more than four million users. That’s a lot of dating. And wrinkly skin.
Ourtime.com membership increased from 1 million to 2.5 million singles in the last nine months alone.
In a recent interview, 68-year-old Liz Defore offered some insight into the appeal.
“I have hundreds of men trying to hang out with me,” she explained.
That's sounds reasonable enough.
Defore joined the online dating world after breaking up with her boyfriend last year. In a very short amount of time she has garnered the attention of nearly 600 senior males that have also figured out the possible benefits of online dating.
Women like Defore average 10 messages and 50 profile views a month, increasing the potential for intimacy and fun for an age group that was previously considered to be outside of the dating pool.
It’s a nice change those that are a part of the older generations; however, fun and intimacy don’t come without consequence.
STD rates among senior citizens are also growing at a record pace. The number of 50, 60 and 70 year old that have Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea doubled in the past decade, with cases of Chlamydia and syphilis in senior citizens growing to 19,000 and 2,500, respectively, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
So what’s the reason for the increase in the number of seniors using online dating sites? Higher divorce rates, longer life expectancies, and rechargeable libidos are a few explanations.
Despite the fun Defore has found online, she still says she's conservative when it comes to jumping into bed with strangers she meets over the web.
“Ew, yuck!” she said of the possibility. “They look to old. Or they don’t have teeth. They’re yahoos with baseball caps!”
And maybe it’s for the best. I doubt she wants to catch that strain of old people Chlamydia that is apparently going around.