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That was in mid-November, a historically slow time for Internet dating.
But ask people who were brave enough to check their 401(k) balances at that time: November was historic for other reasons too.
has seen an even larger spike; its memberships were 22% higher in December than they were in the same period last year.
Even more interesting, both e Harmony and reported especially high traffic on days when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted."We had our third busiest weekend of the year following the five-year low in the stock market," said Mandy Ginsberg, general manager of North America.
Not only did the Dow dip below 8,000, but the unemployment rate in California also climbed well above the national average (to 8.2%) and housing prices were down 40% from their peak just 18 months prior.
Online dating sites can actually help with the transition onto the dating scene."You're in the privacy of your own home. As a community, adults over 50 can already feel disconnected, which is why social networking has grown in popularity.In the 50 and older age group many are divorced or widowed, this is not their first relationship and many have grown children, she says.Surveys done by Our show that for many in this age category there are also fewer personal life stressors."They're looking for companionship and fun," Saltz says.While there are many local, national or international sites devoted to dating, IAC, the company behind and other dating sites, launched a new site in May -- Our Josh Meyers, CEO of IAC's People Media, says other sites such as the company's Senior People saw a 400 percent growth in the past two years and Our aims to bring everyone in the 50 and older age group under one site."We saw a fervor for something just for them," he says of older adults.