About 30 percent of Baby Boomers are single, and many of you rely on internet dating sites to make connections (in fact seniors’ use of such sites is growing at twice the rate of other age groups). So it seems likely that you’ll be interested in Match.com’s annual survey of unattached Americans. The study of single men and women (who make up one-third of the U.S. population, according to the web site) is large and wide-ranging, and the answers are reliably surprising:
- “Men are more likely to show their love and affection in public.”
- “Conservative Republicans (40%) are significantly more likely than other groups to be very satisfied with sex while they’re married.”
- “Men are more willing to make a commitment without being in love or feeling sexually attracted to their partner.”
- “When it comes to cohabitation, men want to commit sooner than women.”
The survey’s findings on seniors were equally likely to shatter preconceptions. Over-60 singles are more demanding than other groups: they’re the “most likely to insist on a partnership that includes sexual attraction and romance.” And the sex is just fine , thank you: seniors “are more likely than any other age group to achieve orgasm — a thrilling 91-100% of the time!”
Don’t be jealous, 50-year-olds. Stay fit and you’ll get there. And it’s awesome.
Photo of Albrecht Altdorfer’s Lovers (c. 1530) via Wikimedia Commons