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Updated: November 17, 2009 16:06 IST

Over 55s are most active daters: Study

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Chill Out: A new survey found that almost two-thirds of men and women over 55 have joined a dating website (62 per cent), compared to just over one-fifth (21 per cent) of 18-24-year-olds.
The Hindu Chill Out: A new survey found that almost two-thirds of men and women over 55 have joined a dating website (62 per cent), compared to just over one-fifth (21 per cent) of 18-24-year-olds.

In what contradicts some taboos about the older age group, a new survey claimed that people at retirement age are most active and experimental of all daters.

According to the survey, more people over 55 years have found a partner on the Internet, joined a matchmaking club and attended a special singles event than younger people.

The survey conducted by research agency YouGov for Stella magazine interviewed almost 2,000 men and women of all ages and backgrounds who have been on a date in the past year.

It found that almost two-thirds, or 62 per cent, of men and women over 55 have joined a dating website, compared to just over one-fifth (21 per cent) of 18-24-year-olds, The Telegraph reported.

They also met with more Internet dates (an average of 8.2) and found more relationships online (2.1) than any other age group.

They even met more sexual partners online (an average of 2.4) than any other age group, with the exception of the 45-54-year-old age group (2.6), found the survey.

The findings contradicted many popular views on dating, as well as some of the stereotypes of the differences between the two sexes.

“For most people the idea that our parents or grandparents have sex is taboo, but this is nonsense. The survey shows that people can still lead an active dating lifestyle well into their retirement,” said Keren Smedley, who runs Experience Matters, a relationship and dating consultancy in the UK.


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