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While he liked some of his dates well enough, he says there was never any real chemistry.He had been out of the dating scene for so long, that he had begun to find things difficult.
“I went out with a few guys from JDate.com, but they just fizzled out. I do want to try the sites eventually, but I have to sit down and actually do it.” Both Felice, Roanne, and Vincent said they prefer to be set up by friends, rather than go the digital dating route.
One guy said he had a great time after dinner, and would call again. Then a few weeks later, he contacted me again, like he didn’t remember me and said, ‘We should go out.’ It’s like, ‘You have to be kidding me! Her overall outlook on the dating scene goes up and down. Sometimes I am all atwitter to do the online scene. Then every so often, I get the bug to dabble, and I have some fun again.” Roanne has used online dating in the past, but found it to be too much work. They feel their friends understand them better than a dating service.
“However, there was this one date that my friend set me up on,” jokes Felice, “We won’t talk about that one.”One Hudson Valley Boomer who has had success using online dating is Hugh Ford.
Hugh is a 50-year-old who will not be single for much longer. Right and interestedly enough, she lives “across the pond.” Since his divorce three years ago, Hugh met women through friends and at local bars.
Hugh proposed at the Tavern in Highlands Country Club in Garrison.
“If you had ever told me that I would find love on a dating site I would have said you were crazy, but here I am ready to get married again and move overseas.I know it may not work for everyone, but after a couple of years of being single and finding no one compatible why not try something new? It’s not easy at any stage, but for baby boomers who may be giving love a second or third go round, it’s more of a challenge. Married for twenty years, Felice went through a divorce and suddenly found herself dating again.The generation that began the free love revolution in the 60’s, has found many of its own divorced by the 90’s. In fact, according to a Time article from November 2010, “At Match.com, the 50-to-65 age group is the online dating site’s fastest-growing demographic, up 89% in the last five years.” Here are stories from some who know the trials and tribulations of boomer dating. The 50-something from Washingtonville dreads dating. “Dating is harder now than when I was in my twenties,” says Felice.“Back then I was thinner, cuter (writer’s edit: that’s her opinion!), and had a lot more options.”Felice found that some men she met online were picky and arrogant. “Not me.” Vincent, 52 from Washingtonville, says the same, “I never used dating websites, but I did go on to investigate the women on there, then suddenly you have 18 pages of questions to go through.