Dating websites kiss
The 54-year old nonprofit, best known for lobbying on behalf of the 50 crowd, for the last several years has been repackaging itself to appeal more to the younger end of its constituency: a quarter of the group's 37 million members are single and more than half of the singles are younger than 70, AARP says.So the organization is launching its own dating enterprise, in partnership with an up-and-coming site called How About We.com, which solicits ideas for interesting dates, then connects potential partners who like the suggestions and want to go out."Simply sign up and tell us when you're available to go.When we have a match who we think is going to be good for you, we basically organize a time and place for two of you to meet and you are each responsible for bringing two friends along."Daniel Katz, 23, of New York City, isn't an online dater, yet says he has been on three Groupers."I'm looking to meet new people.He had tried a few online dating sites with "really terrible experiences."His date suggestion: "How about we start with coffee and end with wine.Add some art or culture in between and it could be fun." That got him a few dates, including one woman he's seen several times since.In May, Match.com, founded in 1995, announced "innovative features for connecting people that eliminate the distinction between online and offline dating," including monthly mixer events in 80 cities.
And everybody's getting into the act — even the AARP.
Members have started 20 dating-related online groups (with names like "Single and Mingle") that have more than 6,000 participants.
AARP senior vice president Sami Hassanyeh says after the website approached the organization a year ago about a partnership, AARP decided to plunge in."I do not think we're late in getting into this," he says.
"A lot of people were saying 'it just feels like work.' "Dinner Date currently operates just in San Diego.
He says other cities will be added, but they need enough restaurants and enough users.