“In chat rooms and off-line, you meet only the people who are around and not large numbers of people,” Cacioppo says as a possible explanation for this finding.“If you do online dating, all of sudden, there’s a world of possibilities.” Another potential explanation for differences between online and off-line marital success has to do with personality.Because people are living longer, many think “I don’t want to stay in this marriage for another 30 years”.‘People are also getting remarried later in life as a result as well.’Earlier this year, ONS figures showed older people were increasingly using the internet with 78 per cent of those aged 65 to 74 having ‘recently’ used it in 2017. The recent ONS said it meant they were ‘catching up with younger people in their use of the internet – perhaps trying out online dating’.
From 2005 to 2015, the number of pension age men getting divorced has increased from 8,059 to 8,697.
Women of the same age group has risen from 4,654 to 5,554.
And more than nine out of ten of the brides and grooms aged 65 and over in 2014 were divorcees, widows or widowers.
Sarah Jane Lenihan, a family lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said the internet was regularly a factor in divorce among older people.‘We have definitely seen a rise with the rise of internet dating and it being more acceptable to start again,’ she said.‘There’s less taboo and more acceptance of both divorce and online dating.
It was once viewed as an inaccessible minefield by many of the older generation.