A record number of ‘baby boomers’ are now single and joining the dating game, new research has revealed.
There were double the number of over-50s considering online dating last year compared to 2013, the study has found.
And a lot of it may be down to them finding a new lease of life.
A third of the over-50s surveyed claim they are more carefree, with 27 per cent going against the norm of losing your libido by admitting they are more sexually liberated.
And almost a quarter say they have become less fussy about dating in their 50s than when they were dating in their 20s.
But that’s not to say the age-old worries have abated entirely.
According to the research by Warner Leisure Hotels, a third of the 2,000 over-50s surveyed claim they worry they will look too old.
More than a quarter are concerned about feeling nervous and almost one in ten panic about their own fashion sense.
Mat Finch, Marketing Director of Warner Leisure Hotels, comments: “Younger people have so many places that they can go to meet new people; bars, clubs, work etc, but as you get older this changes and it gets harder to meet someone new.
“At Warner it’s not uncommon to see a dance floor filled at 11pm on a Tuesday night with guests having a laugh and enjoying time together.”
Interestingly, the UK’s over 50s seem to be less concerned about themselves and more anxious about their date’s peculiarities.
A massive 43 per cent worry about their date being boring and one third say they’d be put off with bad manners
More than a quarter are anxious about their date making inappropriate advances and 18 per cent say they worry about their date having tattoos.
Finch added: “We celebrate every relationship no matter what the age and we have helped create a few new ones. We have even been asked to connect guests via Facebook after they have met at a Warner hotel.
“We enjoy providing a sociable atmosphere, welcoming guests whether they’re coming with friends, a loved one or alone. Where else do the over 50s go to dance, laugh, celebrate, have fun and meet new and old friends?”
When it comes to a hotel getaway, a country escape, seafront spot and city break top the chart for the UK’s over-50s.
Warner Leisure Hotels specialises in UK short activity breaks just for grown-ups.
The regional chain of 13 hotels hosts accommodation ranging from listed manor houses to coastal resorts and villages