The older adults in this study met their dating partners offline in a very short space of time and they usually became sexually intimate with them within four weeks.For some this occurred the first time they met face-to-face.Elaine, 61, quickly found a compatible partner: The third man I’d contacted replied to my message … I replied that I’d like to email him a bit to learn more about him.
Many described a sense of urgency that compelled them to meet up as quickly as possible.
For George, 69, the “best thing” about online dating was the “speed” with which relationships could be swiftly advanced to real-life experiences.
Older adults believed the stereotypes themselves, until they found themselves involved in loving, intimate relationships.
Many expressed surprise at just how sexual and exciting their new relationships were.
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.