New Relationship Research Available for Valentine’s Day Coverage: Dating Too Difficult for Most Seniors


A new Marist Poll sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care revealed more than half (56 percent) of Americans 68 and older, the Greatest Generation, say it would be more difficult to start dating than to stay single (44 percent).

Americans of all ages were asked if, at age 65, it would be more difficult to start dating than to remain single. Sixty-six (66) percent of Americans thought it would be more difficult to start dating.

Regardless of age, when asked if you were to start dating at age 65 which of the following decisions would be most stressful when getting ready for your first date, survey respondents said they would be most stressed about:

* What to talk about: 35 percent

* Where to go: 25 percent

* What to wear: 20 percent

* Whether to kiss on first date: 12 percent

* Who pays: Eight percent

Responses on first-date stressors from the Greatest Generation were remarkably consistent with those of Millennials with the exception of one—whether to kiss on a first date. While only seven percent of 68 and older respondents chose this quandary, 13 percent of Millennials saw this decision as a first-date stressor.

Other responses of note were:

* Thirty-eight (38) percent of men think it’s tougher to stay single compared with 31 percent of women.

* Gen Xers (33-48) were the most likely age group to say it would be more difficult to start dating at age 65 than it would be to stay single, with 70 percent stating dating would be harder.

* Baby Boomers and Millennials had a bit more confidence in their senior selves, with 68 and 65 percent, respectively, saying it would be harder to date than stay single at 65.

* Women are more likely to worry about what to talk about on a first date, 39 percent, than men, 31 percent.

* Baby Boomers are less likely than other age groups to worry about what to wear on a first date (15 percent) but more likely to stress about where to go (29 percent).