Single friends and colleagues were meeting interesting people left and right and striking up passionate romances with people they’d met online.And when dates didn’t work out, they'd tell hilarious stories about the debacle. Five years ago I got divorced, and the gates to that digital-dating domain — more massive and confusing than ever — finally opened up for me.For per month, another popular site, Senior People Meet.com, offers over-55 dating for “friendship, pen pals, romance or marriage.” I’m a bit young for that demographic: The people in the ads look like my parents’ friends (though interestingly, all the guys have hair).Boomer is “for mature people, with young heart”; claims to be “the No.“Is he the guy I thought I would end up with in a long-term relationship? They put me in touch with 51-year-old Los Angeles-based Dina Mande, who has been online dating for about a year and a half.Mande hasn’t found her man yet, but she hasn’t lost her enthusiasm.“I’m anal as hell,” she said, “and someone who doesn’t bother to use spellcheck wouldn’t be able to stand me.” Jill selected her “finalists” by phone, which resulted in 12 enjoyable dates over six months.Unfortunately, none of them were quite “it,” and she was about to end her membership when someone reached out to .
And other research shows that people over 50 are joining online dating sites at twice the rate of other age groups.“Those who think a mate will just come to them and people who consider finding one a part-time job.” I was pretty sure I knew which camp I fell into.She goes on to explain that she had been proactive and methodical, wading through 2,000 profiles in a single weekend, then emailing the few dozen that seemed interesting and assessing what came back to her.Mike told her that she was the first person he contacted because she met his two requirements: at least 5 feet 10 inches tall and living within five miles of his ZIP code. He is funny, successful, artistic, an overall nice guy, and we have fun together. I’m just trying not to make the same mistakes I made in the past.” Jill and Mike’s story offers hope for Type AAs and slackerdudes alike.Fifteen minutes into their first date, he asked her out again. Looking for a little more motivation to give it a shot, I called the public relations people at How About We.com, which partnered with AARP in December to run a dating service for that organization's members.