Online Dating In Perspective

Thinking about turning to the web for your next potential partner? “Rose” is a 63-year-old local community member who is using OkCupid.com, one of the most popular online dating sites, to seek out a like-minded soul mate. This is what she had to say about her experience so far:

Why did you choose online dating? 

Online, the sky can be the limit when it comes to selecting a new significant other. One thing I think is very significant about dating at this age is that a lot of the previous reasons why we married (such as having children) are gone. We are nearing retirement and can move almost anywhere. My generation of baby boomers have always been the ones ready to do something different. 

Have you had success? 

I would say so. I have met some very nice men. Just no bells yet—and they’re not just poor creepy guys who use the library computers. I’ve met owners of local companies, a CFO of a local firm with international ties, and many Ford and GM execs.

From your experience, what are the pros and cons of online dating?

It’s better for the wider possibilities. Dating an entirely new class of people who hold a new set of values can really open up life possibilities. However, you’re meeting total strangers. That is the total downside of internet dating . . . it can take awhile to vet a potential boyfriend. At my age, a lot of guys are also on Linked-In, so they can show a professional profile-—you just have to be very careful.

—KT

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