Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baby boomers try online dating

Here's an interesting article about baby boomers' attempts to navigate the online dating scene. An excerpt:

Dating online the second time around — after divorce or the death of a spouse — isn’t always second nature among the nation’s 78 million boomers, let alone people who are 65 and older, but neither is it all that scary.

Yet they often have unrealistic notions of how to hunt for love and companionship, said Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, sex and relationship expert for the AARP and developer of an algorithm to make matches more meaningful on the dating site PerfectMatch.com.

On the surface, this doesn't mean much to 20- and 30-somethings.

But we're the children of boomers. Amid factors like divorce and death, there's a chance we'll encounter the odd experience of watching a parent date.

Have you been in this position? If so, how did you handle it?