I was impressed when my grandma figured out how to send emails, so imagine my surprise when CBS reported that a 90-year-old Florida woman used online dating site Match.com to find her now-husband. The couple met online in November, were engaged by Valentine’s Day, and are now married. Both had been widowed for years and made their intentions very clear from the start.
I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews of online dating, from friends who’ve found their spouses online to friends who swear only creeps and perverts are on online dating sites. Technological difficulties aside (assuming there were any for this happy couple — who knows, they both could be tech savvy), I can’t help but wonder if the online dating experience was easier for them than it is for younger people because they are both at an age at which they know exactly what they want. Were there fewer obstacles to love because they no longer had to worry about typical deal breakers, like if they both want children? Were there fewer factors for them to consider because they’ve passed most of life’s major milestones? Are they at a point in their lives when seeking a partner really is mainly about love?
Granted, finding a love match online who is older than 60 is probably quite challenging, but beyond that challenge, how do you think their online dating experience compared to the experiences of younger online dating site users?