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Dating at 50 and up: Older Americans’ experiences with online dating

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Dating at 50 and up: Older Americans’ experiences with online dating


The dating world can look very different for older Americans than for younger ones – whether it’s returning after a long period of not dating or trying to work romance into established routines. Some older adults are turning to online dating to find these connections, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted July 5-17, 2022. Here are seven findings about online dating for Americans ages 50 and older.

One-in-six Americans ages 50 and older (17%) say they have ever used a dating site or app. That’s similar to the share who said this the last time the Center asked about it in 2019.

About a quarter of those in their 50s (23%) say they have ever used online dating platforms, compared with 14% of adults in their 60s and 12% of those in their 70s and older.

However, just 3% of adults 50 and older currently use online dating platforms or have used them within the last year, compared with 15% of those under 50.

Among adults 50 and older who are partnered – that is, married, living with a partner or in a committed romantic relationship – 6% say they met their significant other through online dating.

Link to rest of study

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