A second chance at love and gender roles
Online dating is giving older women A chance to put themselves first
Deirdre Shipstead’s friend started showering her with compliments when they went out to lunch a few months ago. “You have so much love,” Shipstead remembered her friend saying. “You deserve to be with someone who thinks you are wonderful.” Then her friend told the 54-year-old to hand over her phone.
She was signing her up for Tinder.
Shipstead is one of the growing number of women over the age of 50 going online or using mobile apps to date. A 2015 Pew Research Center study found 12 percent of people between the age of 55 to 64 have dated electronically. That’s double the percentage since 2013.
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