Why romance is not just for the young

It appears romance is not just for the young this Valentine's Day, as new research has found people over the age of 60 represent the fastest-growing demographic of online daters. Investigators from Bowling Green State University discovered individuals in this age range also seek different qualities in a partner compared to younger users of the internet service.

Presented at the Gerontological Society of America's international conference, the study found older adults market themselves in a different way than their younger counterparts - namely compatibility and honest self-representation is higher on the agenda than appearance and status.

It was shown that people in their later years are also less likely to talk about their sexual prowess or their nightlife preferences on dating portals, but are more prone to using terms such as "active" and "young at heart" to highlight their good health.

The study comes after previous findings from the authors showed older women do not wish to waste time when looking for love online, noting: "They want to make a decision quickly and cut their losses, because they have learned life is too short for dating games."

Dr Jane McCartney, Chartered Psychologist, comments:

"Older people know more about who they are.  When a person gets involved in a relationship at a later age, he or she has a greater understanding understanding of the dynamics of what the right relationship is for them, they know that there don't have time to waste on relationships that they know are not going anywhere.
 
"Older people have a wealth of life experience to draw upon regarding potential relationships, thus they - hopfully - make better decisions off the back of it.  Older people are clearer about their own preferences and needs. Because of this they are more likely to fall in love with persons that are more compatible with them, they look for similar qualities and nature of persons they meet.
 
"Older people are more likely to understand their own emotions better. This helps them to avoid mistaking passing attraction and infatuation with true love."

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