Online dating for over 50s 'is most successful'

Over 55s are enjoying better fortunes than any other age group in online dating.

Online dating for the over 50s is proving more successful than it is for younger people, a new study has revealed.

The research, carried out by YouGov and commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, found that over 55s are enjoying particularly good fortune in the online dating world.

More people in the over 55s age group have found a partner online than any other age group, the survey discovered.

It also showed that people over the age of 55 are most likely to join a matchmaking club or attend special singles events.

They also met the second-highest number of sexual partners online with an average of 2.4 per person, only behind the 45-54-year-olds who managed 2.6.

Keren Smedley, who runs Experience Matters, a relationship and dating consultancy, told the Telegraph: "The survey shows that people can still lead an active dating lifestyle well into their retirement."

The news comes after Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating Magazine, told the Detroit Free Press that dating for the over 50s is the fastest-growing segment of online matchmaking.

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