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Data shows those over 60 seek honest online date

It seems multiple generations are turning to the Web to find love but the 60s+ crowd might be short on data and tales. Initial research shows older online daters seek honesty and compatibility and not so much just a night on the town.

Two Bowling Green State University professors of gerontology have started to research online dating in later life. Dr. Wendy K. Watson focuses mostly on women. Dr. Charlie Stelle focuses mostly on men. Together the duo has pulled their efforts to increase the quantity and quality of information available on older adults dating online.

So far, they've found senior daters are more interested in honest self-representation and being compatible rather than discussing sexual prowness and nightlife.

More mature daters also found traditional online coding terms missed some relevant key elements for the older demographic. Watson and Stelle suggest online sites geared at those over 60 might want to add personal characteristics such as affection, intelligence, and political beliefs, among others.

Older women are less likely to play games. "They want to make a decision quickly and cut their losses, because they have learned life is too short for dating games," Stelle told

The initial findings were presented recently during the Gerontological Society of America's international conference (ANI).