Silver Surfers Dating –50 Plus Dating

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					The Rise of the Mature Internet Savvy Wooer
Why is there a proliferation of silver surfers dating sites
on the internet? What has been the biggest change in
the online dating industry?

First of all, what is a silver surfer?

For most people a silver surfer is one of the baby boom
generation, aged 50+ who is able and willing to use the
internet to buy goods online, to book hotels or holidays.
They are also now increasingly using the internet, and in
particular the silver surfers dating market to find love, or
at least companionship – a key word for many silver
The baby boomers are now extending their activities
into the silver surfers dating market or the 50 plus dating

Whatever you call it those who are 50 plus are getting
more and more active in the over 50 dating scene.

Traditionally personal ads of people looking for love
could be found mostly in newspapers and magazines,
but the internet has changed all that.
Now there is a multitude of sites providing an online
dating service which has grown into a worldwide
industry worth more than $2 billion per year.
With more and more people getting used to
communicating in a virtual world, on desktops, laptops
and increasingly on smartphones, it is hardly surprising
that online dating, and in particular dating for the over
fifties has largely replaced the old fashioned printed
personal ads.

What has been less expected is that an increasing
number of people using the internet to look for dates are
in the more mature age groups.

This service is not just for the people in their twenties to
forties, who have been the traditional users of personal
Recent surveys have shown an increase of nearly 40%
in the number of people using the internet in the over 50
dating group in the last three years, while some
companies have reported a doubling of more mature
singles looking for a companion in the same period.

So what are the causes of this online explosion?
It is one of the great clichés of our time that children are
far more adept at learning computer and internet skills
than their parents.

The explosion of social media such as Facebook and
Twitter and the rise of the smartphone, making the
internet instantly accessible anywhere, have offered a
huge range of opportunities for the young.

But while the social media sites may be dominated by
the young, the older generation have been quietly using
their computers and the internet for purposes which suit
They are buying books and electronic goods from
Amazon, talking to friends and family home and abroad,
using Skype, printing digital photos or sending them to
family members by email, booking rail or air tickets at
the touch of a button, or searching for weekend breaks
by the sea.

Armed with all these skills these mature silver surfers
are equipped to enter the silver surfers dating industry.
A key characteristic of many of the silver surfers, in their
50s and 60s, is that they have money.

They are not fabulously rich but many will own a
substantial property, often with the mortgage paid off. If
in their 50s and early 60s they are likely to be at their
earnings peak.

Their children have probably grown up, drastically
reducing some of their financial commitments.

If the children have gone the silver surfers will have
more time to do what they want rather than being a taxi
service for their children.
If they are already retired then many of them will be
receiving substantial pensions, which, with the pensions
crisis engulfing us, are likely to be greater than the
pensions received by younger generations when their
time comes.

All this affluence means that the silver surfers are in a
position to spend money on themselves – expensive
holidays abroad, good quality dining out, purchase of
the latest electronic wonder, or by joining up with the
silver surfers dating market, instantly paid for online
using a credit card.
But are people happy with all these opportunities if they
are alone and have no one to share these experiences?
Increasing numbers of people over 50 are living alone.

In the last United States census 37% of people over 50
were found to be unmarried – mostly divorced, and
these figures are matched in the UK and in other parts
of Europe.

Add to that those who are widowed and you have a
substantial number of older people living alone.

With life expectancy also increasing someone in their
early 50s has the potential to have decades more of life.
Do the silver surfers want to spend all that time alone?
They may have great and busy social lives, but they
may also lack that special someone to share all these
opportunities which they now have available.

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