When asked about their attitudes toward dating, 56 percent of single adults ages 50 to 75+ surveyed said they are open to dating, showing love and companionship knows no age limits. Among those surveyed:
- 45 percent of all single boomers surveyed are actively dating, but not necessarily looking for love and marriage; while 11 percent want to find love and get married.
- 17 percent of never-married single boomers surveyed said they still hope to find love and get married. Digging deeper, 46 percent of divorced singles and 29 percent of widowers are looking for a companion, but are not necessarily interested in marrying again.
- 64 percent of younger boomers (ages 50 - 59) are most interested in dating or finding love.
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"Love later in life is important to some, but what's most important is meeting people with common interests," said
Single boomers represented 27 percent of Del Webb homebuyers nationwide in 2012, with women comprising 68 percent of those single buyers, Ehle said. Del Webb has been surveying the 50 and older demographic for more than 15 years, seeking to better understand the attitudes and opinions of this generation.
Most Boomers Seek Same-Age Companions: But Age and Gender Differences Prevail
The Del Webb Baby Boomer survey found that while 44 percent of single boomers would prefer to date someone about their same age, there are significant differences between genders regarding the ideal age of their next date.
- 63 percent of men want to date a younger or "much younger" woman compared to 22 percent of women who say they would prefer to date a younger or much younger man.
- The older the single boomer male, the more likely they want to date someone much younger. 31 percent of men 70 and older said they prefer to date a much younger woman compared to 26 percent of 50 - 59 year-olds males surveyed.
- 53 percent of single boomer females said they prefer to date someone their own age.
When asked about the best ways to meet people and find love, single boomers surveyed agree on more traditional methods of finding companionship, with the top ways being: through friends/family (66 percent); social activities, fitness classes and clubs (56 percent); and church/place of worship (45 percent).
With about one-fourth of Del Webb residents being single, Ehle said clubs and events that allow for social interaction are more abundant and diverse than ever before. These groups include singles clubs, which have become very popular at Del Webb communities in the past five years.
"The singles clubs are popular because they are fun and provide great social opportunities. Many people have told us they have established good friendships and sometimes even found love and ultimately got married," Ehle said. He added that the survey showed that 45 percent of single boomers interested in dating would consider moving to a community that offers more social interaction.
"We weren't looking for a serious relationship. We told all our friends that marriage was out of the question. Besides, we didn't even look like a couple – she is almost a head taller than I am," said Williams, 67. The couple got married in December, about 18 months after they first met. "We are now like teenagers in love and enjoy doing many things together like dancing, working out and singing."
Meanwhile, some single boomers are looking for love in nontraditional places with 21 percent preferring dance clubs/bars and restaurants; 18 percent on-line dating services; and 17 percent citing the workplace.
Single and Loving It
According to the survey, the vast majority of single baby boomers (81 percent) think the best thing about being single is having freedom to do what they want, when they want to do it. Thirty-three percent of single boomers said this "freedom" gives them the opportunity to engage in social activities, hobbies and spend time with friends.
Meanwhile, men and women differ when asked about other reasons they like being single:
- 34 percent of women said they like not having to clean up after another person, compared to 14 percent of men.
- 17 percent of women like having a bed to themselves, compared to 7 percent of men.
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