With more and more people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and above in Australia logging onto the internet to find friendship and companionship, love and romance, there are a wealth of potential daters out there who are hoping to meet someone they can share their time and thoughts with.Dating at 40 can be one of the most exciting – you know what it is you do and don’t like, you are far less inclined to suffer fools gladly and if there’s the opportunity to try something new then you can make the time to do so.He steers clear of online dating sites like Match.com, e Harmony and Ok Cupid.“With online dates, they rarely turn out to be as good as they are on paper,” he explains.Single men and women also account for about 46 percent of those who are 40 to 59.To be fair, “single” is a fairly broad category, under which cohabiting couples are counted alongside those who are divorced, widowed, separated or never married. “Most people my age are in relationships,” says the divorced mother of three sons, an Arlington resident for 27 years who works for the county government.
“I went through a long period—more than a decade—of being a couple,” says Erik*, 42, a divorced father of two who works in finance and lives in Arlington.
“I always felt like writing back, ‘I know your mother.’ ” Though many divorced people recognize their change in marital status as being for the better, singledom still brings its own set of challenges.
Searching for a soul mate—or even just someone to watch a movie with—seemed far less complicated when the Internet was in its nascent stages and “social media” was a term that had yet to enter the American lexicon.
So whether you’ve a broken or bereaved heart, you’re a previously confirmed bachelor or bachelorette or you just fancy meeting some like-minded over 40s in Australia, then you’ve come to the right place.
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