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“The health of the partner seems to be more important than the age. “They may be trying to replicate the experience they had with their spouse and maybe want to go snow birding, head down to Texas or Florida from the Midwest for the winter,” she says.Nobody seems to want to take someone on who’s in a bad way physically.” For instance, older online daters, Myers says, often ask: Are you looking for a traveling partner? “Cruising is a good example of that.” (She is referring to the ocean-bound rather than the online kind.) Still, she’s been “dinged” a couple of times, she says, and has made fast exit.

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But some areas are harder to navigate for older daters, particularly when it comes to where they want to live and how they want to live.

Even though many may be retired, some may not want to move away from their grandchildren, Myers says.

And the former certainly applies to boomers: They have the life skills, work experience and, in some cases, job titles (past or present), that would be as attractive to an employer as much as an online dater.

College graduates and the affluent are especially likely to know people who use online dating or met someone through it.

Nearly six-in-10 college graduates (58%) know someone who uses online dating, and nearly half (46%) know someone who has entered into a marriage or long-term partnership with someone they met online. Online dating is like shopping on Amazon rather than wandering aimlessly around a shopping mall.

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