En español | In the old days, you most likely would meet Mr. Right in college, on the job, maybe in a bar or though family and friends.Today, people are increasingly getting together through online dating — especially if they're over 50.
Matt Connolly conceived the idea of the website to dispel the stigma and solve a problem presented to him around the Sunday lunch table.
Because men have shorter lifespans, many older men are interested in having a potential caregiver or a “nurse with a purse.” They tend to marry quicker than older women, but it isn’t because older women can’t find a hubby; it’s because women are more likely to be looking for a short-term relationship or a companion, not a husband.
That isn’t true for my three girlfriends, but it’s true for me.
According to a You Gov Survey last year, one in five relationships in the UK now start online, with UK singles contributing almost £3.4bn annually to the economy in their search for a partner.
With some 5.8m people over 45 living alone and some 1.7m women over 65 who are widowed in the UK, online dating for the over-50s has become big business.