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The dating game has changed a lot in more than three decades. And, while finding a potential partner online might seem like it would scary, uncharted territory for those who find themselves back in the game after years off the market, it's actually a popular way for those in their 50s on up to seek someone special. One of the largest growing groups using singles Internet sites are the baby boomers and older, says Joan Barrett, author of 'Candyland S. She uses the acronym to refer to singles Internet sites in her book, which she says is a practical and emotional guide on how to prepare for and enjoy dating online.

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It's advice she offers from firsthand experience. Part of the appeal of going online to love for love again, she argues, is that the older daters - she calls them matures - aren't into the same kind of activities they were when they were younger, or that of their younger counterparts. For those age 50 and older, online dating sites offer an alternative to hitting the bar scene, ing groups or picking up a new hobby. And I've never been chatted up in the grocery store, so that seems unlikely too.

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All mainstream sites allow singles to set up profiles for free. Some sites also allow communication without a fee, but charge a premium for enhanced services, such as being able to see when your message has been read.

Other sites, like Match. More than a third of singles say they found true love online, according to a Pew Center for Research study. According to the University of Chicago, more than a third of all marriages between and began online. In part, some of the reasons mature singles plug into online dating sites aren't unique to their generation.

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But, it's equally appealing because you can hide certain things, like a reaction to something a potential match might say. My facial expressions give me away, I don't have a good poker face.

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But I ask tons of questions and I can usually tell when they're lying when they can't answer the same question I asked four days ago. That's just not right.

Pfab, Schneider and Marmon are willing to take the good with the bad, though, because online dating sites offer both entertainment and possibility. Diana Nollen Living Jan. Erin Jordan Community Jan. Diana Nollen. Travel Aug. Jim Slosiarek. Community Aug. Erin Owen.

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More Stories. To be fair, neither did those of us who were looking for love in For many, it works. Schneider said she, too, has had some odd encounters.

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