And always being the lone single person when your married friends want to catch up for dinner starts to become a little tiresome.More than any other activity, dinner is where older adults feel the isolation of being alone most strongly.Once you get into your fifties and beyond, the actual number of your age becomes less and less significant.Far more important is what shape you are in, how healthy you are, what activities you can do. If you’re active and like going for long walks and playing golf, you’re going to be much more interested in the fit and energetic 82-year-old who can share your activities than the 65-year-old waiting on a hip replacement who can no longer walk long distances. The other stunning aspect of dating for young people is how much looks matter.Maybe it’s because the physical nature of attractiveness changes when you get older, or maybe they know that being “hot and sexy” is more a function of your personality than how you look.Whatever the reason, most older adults will tell you that how someone looks is doesn’t matter much in their search to find a companion.Online dating can be difficult — what with choosing the perfect profile photo, sending a charming first message, possibly facing rejection, and finding the right site in the first place.
Part of this is probably the wisdom that comes with age, but even more significant is an essential truth about how age works.Young people are incredibly age-prejudiced, to such an extent that age is one of the most important filter criteria used to find a match on online dating sites. Age is the second-most important attribute used to help users determine if they’re interested in a potential match (after the photo).This scenario is not just on Match.com, but on E-harmony, Ourtime, Plenty of Fish, OK Cupid, and the rest of the dating websites.Because no matter how old you get, one thing about human nature never changes: nobody likes feeling lonely.Older adults, however, look for companionship in a way that’s very different from their younger counterparts.Meet men and women from all over the world for a truly international dating service experience.Whether you have an i Phone, Android, Black Berry, Samsung, Nokia, Apple, LG, ZTE, RIM, HTC, Motorola, Huawei, Sony Ericsson, One Plus, Symbian, Galaxy, Windows Phone, or any Smartphone, you can use our free dating site to find a mate right now!We’d be lying if we said that appearance wasn’t important at all to the over-55 demographic, but it turns out to be a much lower priority.Maybe this is because older adults are wise enough to know that looks have very little to do with whether someone is going to be a kind, loving and caring companion.Once you’re into your wisdom years your needs, desires and expectations are very different from what you’re looking for when you’re in your 20s.Let’s take a look at nine things you (probably) didn’t know about dating for older adults: It seems counter-intuitive to say that people characterized by one attribute — how old they are — don’t care as much about age when looking for a companion, but it’s true.