Sue Malta does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.University of Melbourne provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation AU.Max, 69, said: I guess one of the things, Sue, that I’ve been absolutely staggered [about] and you know, God, I’m no oil painting, but I’ve been staggered …how the middle-aged and mature woman is a very sexual individual who wants to go to bed and be stroked … While not all relationships worked out, online dating provided a simple and easy way to locate and connect with interested and available people.Lorraine, 65, remarked: Apart from a dearth of available partners in their social or friendship groups, it is hard for older adults to work out who is actually available.Just because someone is single, widowed or divorced, that does not mean they are interested in dating. Older adults who have, for the most part, been married or cohabited long-term, fear the embarrassment of getting it wrong. For many older adults, online dating is easy, relatively safe, anonymous and provides a structured approach to what is typically an unstructured process. The setting up of profiles, viewing others’ profiles and photographs, sending “kisses” or “stamps”, responding with emails, chatting online or by phone and in due course meeting in real life, is a process organised and regularised by the online dating websites. Many older adults initiate meetings with numerous prospective partners over many months.He was dating for the first time since the death of his wife and met his new partner offline within four days of meeting online. He and his partner were stunned at the outset by how quickly their relationship developed, he said.
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