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Sex on a first date is twice as likely for singles over 50 than for their under-40 counterparts, according to a new survey.

A poll of more than 1,000 men and women between the ages of 50 and 65 by Europe's largest online dating service PARSHIP.co.uk - it's matches people using psychometric test, not photographs - and Wanobe.com, a new lifestyle site for those over 50, found that 37 per cent of singles over 50 would have sex on a first date compared to 18 per cent of under-40s.

However, of those women polled who would have sex on a first date, over two thirds, 76 per cent, wanted to be wooed by their love interest and expected the man to pick of the bill.

Continuing the theme, 53 per cent of the over-50 singles rated lust and passion more highly than marriage and just seven per cent hoped that their next relationship would result in marriage, compared to 32 per cent of singles in their 30s.

“Clearly, being over 50 doesn’t mean you give up on love. The under 30s may feel they invented sexual liberation, but it was the Baby Boomer generation who staged the first summer of love - more than 40 years ago,” says 60-year old David Noble, managing director of wanobe.com.

The research, conducted by Facts International on behalf of PARSHIP.co.uk showed that 73% of over-50 singles fully intend to find a fulfilling sexual relationship in the next 12 months, while 84% want a full sexual relationship with the next person they meet. Generally four out of ten (41%) of over 50’s are looking for commitment, but one in five (20%) only wants casual fun and 19% are game for anything.

“The research proves that men and women over 50 no longer feel that they have to give up on romance and passion and simply dedicate the rest of their lives to gardening, looking after grandchildren, and providing financial support for their offspring” says Dr Victoria Lukats, a psychiatrist and relationship expert for PARSHIP, who lead the research.

What’s more, more than half of the over-50s singles don’t look to their family for approval, with 60 per cent saying they don’t care what their children think of their dates. There could be a few raised eyebrows from the younger generations of the family: 18% of the senior group said they would happily date someone at least 10 years younger, while they are three times more likely than twentysomethings to flirt with complete strangers (9% vs 32% ).

Carol Dix, author of the Ultimate Guide to 21st Century Dating, herself in the 50+ generation and who recently met a younger man when on holiday while flirting with him in a bar is happy to report that their relationship is still going strong: “Many of the 50+ generation believe strongly in finding sexual passion and romance, rather than just looking for a stable (possibly rather dull) relationship. We’ve had marriages. raised our children and know what’s important to look for in the opposite sex. There’s not much point in us settling for ´companionship´, when we could be finding great sex, fun, love and laughter out there.”

To fulfil their lust for life, over-50 singles are turning to the Internet in increasing numbers. Of those surveyed, 43 per cent are logging on to find dates compared to just 26 per cent six months ago. Yet traditional standards still prevail. While the majority (76%) of single people over 50 don’t believe in one partner for life, and 68% regret not having had sex with a person from their past, the majority, 77% still believe it is better to be sexually faithful to one partner.

Dr Victoria Lukats, points out that an increasing number of people in their 50's and 60's are finding themselves single, often for the first time in decades.

“The idea that this age group is no longer interested in a sexual relationship is simply a misconception. These figures show that experience probably counts for a lot when it comes to approaching a potential love interest. If you've made mistakes or had regrets in life then you're not going to loose any more time on missed opportunities but maybe try and live life to the full and be more proactive in looking for love."

Finally, more than half the over-50s single surveyed hope to find a partner online compared to 42 per cent of those under 25. The majority of these still believe you’re more likely to finds love in a pub or club.

ENDS

For more information please contact.

Penny Conway
PARSHIP.co.uk
Mobile: 07775992350
Email: Penny@parship.co.uk

David Noble
Wanobe.com
Mobile: 07785 302694
Email: david.noble@wanobe.com

Notes to editors:

About the research

The research was conducted by Facts International for PARSHIP in September 2007 with 2245 British adults over the age of 18.

About Dr Victoria Lukats (www.drlukats.com)

Dr Victoria Lukats, MBBS MRCPsych MSc is a psychiatrist, agony aunt and dating and relationship expert. As well as working as a relationship expert for PARSHIP Dr Lukats is a Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry at Sussex Partnership NHS Trust in Brighton

About PARSHIP

PARSHIP.co.uk is the UK’s largest compatibility-based online dating service, specifically for people who are serious about forming a lasting relationship. It is the British subsidiary of Europe’s most successful serious online dating service, now with over four million members, predominantly affluent, educated men and women between 28 and 55 years old.

Since its launch in Germany in 2001, PARSHIP has matched thousands of single people who are serious about forming a long-lasting relationship. The first step is an 80-question psychometric test, which is free of charge and takes about 20 minutes to complete. The results of the test create a fascinating profile of each member’s personality. Using methods based on years of scientific research, this profile is then carefully matched with the profiles of other members whose balance of similar and complementary characteristics marks them out as a potential partner for the new member. Research suggests that people are twice as likely to form a lasting relationship with PARSHIP’s help than they are through any other method.

About Wanobe.com

Wanobe.com is a lifestyle site, social community and resource for people in the prime of their life. Launched in September 2007, wanobe.com reflects the passion of the over fifties to live life out loud and put their money and energy where their dreams are.

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