Ourtime, the mature dating site, has released data surrounding the dating habits of over-50s as Valentines Day 2022 approaches.
Ourtime data revealed a 54% rise in new registrations last Valentine’s Day, and a 74% increase in messaging on the day of love, compared to the 14th February 2020.
Ourtime’s research has consistently found daters over 50 are more confident at talking to new people, more comfortable at pacing relationships, and better at knowing what they want than people in their 20s and 30s.
Kate Taylor, a dating coach at Ourtime, has revealed the reasons why users may be looking for a partner this Valentines Day. “Jerry Maguire lied; nobody can “complete” you. Forget looking for your “missing piece” or your “other half” – you, my sassy single friend, are perfect, whole and amazing just as you are. You’re full of your own dreams, quirks, flaws, talents and traits. And that’s why somebody else is going to adore having you waltz into their life.”
“You always have something to look forward to. That’s a mantra for life, not just for dating, but it works well in both. Even if you feel your favourite hobbies don’t sound cool or exciting to anyone else, embrace them with pride. Your passion is infectious, and having a life is a signpost that you won’t put up with any bad behaviour.”
“Even though you’re about to be the first person to conquer the Alps on a tea tray (or whatever your goal might be), you still need space in your life to be somebody’s partner. This means keeping a couple of nights a week free for dating. Be engaged with your own plans but leave room for someone else.”
“Bringing your exes along to your dates (even just in your mind) is a warning sign that you’re not ready. Take time to process your feelings first, or you’ll struggle to make a relationship work with someone new.”