She wants to know more about online dating for Boomer singles; "are they a good idea?"
An excellent topic, so here's what I found for you, Eileen, and for all Boomers who are dating, or have a friend who is dating, and worried about searching for Mr./Ms. Right online.
I tracked down some excellent advice from dating expert Dr. Gail Saltz, who wrote on the top 5 myths about older singles (eg Boomers) finding dates online:
Truth: The truth is that there are many more age-appropriate potential mates out there than people think. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, almost 30 percent of the 78 million Baby Boomers are single. Every day, thousands of those single Boomers venture online to find companionship.
Truth: The 50-plus singles polled in a recent national survey tend to be less interested in marriage than they are in companionship and long-term relationships. Their main objective is simply to live life to the fullest, and find someone to share the good times.
Truth: Dr. Saltz tells singles that meeting online is no less or more dangerous than meeting someone for the first time in the real world; and either way, keeping a few simple tips in mind will ensure a safe and positive experience:
1). always meet in public and drive yourself to and from the first few meetings;
2). tell a friend about your plans;
3). Google your date's name in advance to see what comes up;
4). don't do anything that would impair your judgment like too much drinking; and finally, listen to your instincts; if something doesn't feel right, move on; the right person for you is out there somewhere.
Truth: Some of its main advantages are that online dating is efficient, convenient and cost-effective. You can take things at your own pace, from the comfort of your home, at any hour of the day or night. This allows you to expand your pool of potential matches and be in control of when, where and how you meet other singles.
Truth: Dr. Saltz says "These days, everyone knows someone who met their mate online. And the results are often extremely positive: one in five new relationships and one in six new marriages began with an Internet date." She adds that, in the last year, the number of dating site users 50 years of age or older has grown twice as rapidly as any other age group. And, bottom line, friends and family will be thrilled to learn that you are actively seeking companionship, in a new way that works for you.