way to meet people a decade or so ago, I was safely married — but weirdly, I felt like I was missing out on something.It seemed like fun, if a bit overwhelming, to shop for dates the way I might hunt for boots at “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 .I figured if anyone could inspire me to try this, she could.“There are two types of daters,” Jill said when I called her.In those intervening years, online dating became my generation’s preferred way of meeting potential mates, according to a survey commissioned by e And other research shows that people over 50 are joining online dating sites at twice the rate of other age groups.
If I do dip my toe in the digital dating pool, I don’t want to waste a lot of money. Almost all the sites offer a free trial, but once that expires, membership can get pricey. On a number of them, it’s almost impossible to get that information until after you’ve signed up for the free trial, then they start trying to upgrade you.No surprise, then, that Internet advertising is fat with ads for 50 dating sites.Another factor fueling this online dating trend: Newly single midlifers don’t feel like there are many options for meeting other singles.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.