Senior sites Here are some key facts from an AARP survey of 1,000 adults over 50 -- some of whom used online dating sites and some of whom didn't.
Of those who tried online dating:23 percent said they did it to meet a broad range of people20 percent said they liked that it was "no pressure"14 percent said they tried it because a friend suggested it13 percent said they had no time to meet people the traditional way48 percent were looking for a serious relationship26 percent were looking for friendship/companionship14 percent were interested in casual dating Women were more likely to be seeking friendship than men Of those who didn't try online dating:18 percent said it doesn't fit their lifestyle13 percent said they heard too may negative things about it12 percent said it was too risky to talk to strangers online Women were more likely than men to be worried about the safety of online dating Others are looking for a second chance at love, including De Vito, who is twice-widowed and has turned to sites such as Our Time and Match.
"They are hoping someone will be at a dinner or be introduced by a friend, but are too insecure to go out and aggressively look for someone." For those people, Schwartz said, Internet dating is an exciting new frontier, allowing them access to a wide array of potential partners from the privacy of their own homes.
"Online dating is a game-changer for older people," she said.
"Before online dating, older people didn't know where to look.