Or if they did date and find people, they didn't know what to do once they exhausted that pool of eligible people.
Now, there really are a lot of people in their 50s and 60s who want to find each other and quite a few in their 70s and a reasonable number even in their 80s." Nora Duncan, AARP state director, agreed that many older people are turning online to find love, but that carries certain risks.
Stitch.net, an on-line dating service that just launched in Fairfield County, caters to the 50 crowd.
compares itself to the dating site Tinder, popular with younger people as a place where one is more likely to find a casual date than true love.
The site -- for which about 80,000 people have signed up since it launched -- not only allows members to connect with each other, but also suggests date ideas, such as a quick coffee or going to a museum.
Not only is this low pressure; it's likely more in keeping with kind of relationships people tend to seek as they get older, Edwards said. Though the survey said nearly half of those who used Internet dating sites were looking for a serious relationship, about a quarter were seeking friendship or companionship and 14 percent were interested in "casual dating." The growing site Stitch largely caters to this group, Rogo said, as it matches users based mainly on hobbies and interests, such as golf, reading or travel.
"They tell you they're going to call, and they don't call." But there's one notable way in which the dating scene has changed since De Vito's youth -- via the Internet.
"A lot of people in this age group are divorced or widowed, and may have different goals than starting a new relationship," she said.
The administration also reported the number of Americans age 45 to 64 rose by 33 percent between 20.
A large number of these Americans are single, with 55 percent of women and 28 percent men over 65 stating they were unmarried.
Of those who tried online dating:23 percent said they did it to meet a broad range of people20 percent said they liked that it was "no pressure"14 percent said they tried it because a friend suggested it13 percent said they had no time to meet people the traditional way48 percent were looking for a serious relationship26 percent were looking for friendship/companionship14 percent were interested in casual dating Women were more likely to be seeking friendship than men Of those who didn't try online dating:18 percent said it doesn't fit their lifestyle13 percent said they heard too may negative things about it12 percent said it was too risky to talk to strangers online Women were more likely than men to be worried about the safety of online dating Others are looking for a second chance at love, including De Vito, who is twice-widowed and has turned to sites such as Our Time and Match.
She said such sites can be risky, as some people use them as way to meet and exploit vulnerable people.