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.He dated three different women over the course of six months but never used condoms."Maybe it's just stupidity, maybe it's naivety, I don't really know, it was just never…it didn't seem like a really big issue."He said although he trusted women he was dating who said they did not have STIs, he still ended up being tested — and was relieved when the results were negative."At the time it's like 'let's go for it' and when you've done all that you think 'well that was pretty stupid', and maybe you just sort of look back and go well 'I'd better go check up on that now'," Trevor said."It was definitely stupid, but when you're on a date and something's coming your way you're sort of not going to knock it back I guess."Older men were not the only ones who said they were unlikely to use a condom in the survey.On the other hand, the 75-year old woman who has had past back problems and likes to stay in with wine and movies might be a great match for that 65-year-old man. The hottest online dating app for young people today is Tinder, which proudly claims to be matching over 450 million love-seekers daily.Take a quick look at the Tinder user interface to the left."We need to take away any stigma they that may have.There have been some negative perceptions around them, we want to be able to ensure that they are positive when it comes to sexual pleasure."The survey also found that older men with a high number if sexual partners were more likely to be riskier when it came to having safe sex."So they were more likely to have sex without a condom," Dr Bateson said.
This reinforces a message that young people get hammered with on a daily basis: nothing matters more than how you look.
The filtering mechanisms on these dating sites similarly emphasize the importance age takes in the minds of young match-seekers, with all users asked to specify the age range they are seeking, with many choosing ridiculously narrow ranges (e.g. ) Adults over 55 are far more flexible in their approach to companionship.
Part of this is probably the wisdom that comes with age, but even more significant is an essential truth about how age works.
The study was published in the journal CSIRO Sexual Health.
With the obsession that today’s media has with youth and appearance, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s only the young who are looking for companionship, that dating is a young person’s game. Which of the following images do you think the media is more likely to use to accompany an article on online dating? At the same time, more older adults over 55 find themselves single and looking, either through divorce or the tragic loss of a husband or wife they loved for many years.