There used to be a stigma about divorce and it was one of the things that kept couples together even
There used to be a stigma about divorce and it was one of the things that kept couples together even when their relationship had effectively broken down. In the modern world few stigmas remain in liberal society. It is reflected in recent figures of divorce broken down into age groups.
Over 60s divorce
One sector that was put under the microscope was the 60 year olds and the figures are revealing. The average time a man in his 60s had been married when divorcing was just under 30 years, in the case of a woman, just over 30 years. These 60 year olds were not divorcing after short second marriages but were divorcing for the first time. The partner with whom they had raised a family was the one from whom separation was being formalised.
In the last twenty years the number of divorces has been falling, perhaps an indication that the number of marriages has been falling as well. However, in the over 60s age group the number of divorces is rising; it has almost doubled in that time.
These are official figures from the Office of National Statistics. The only time that the figures have been higher was back in 1972 when the Divorce Act radically changed the ease with which couples could separate. Certainly the stigma as mentioned above was a reason not to divorce but the number in 1972 was a build up that may have been several years of statistics if the Act had not been passed.
There are other factors to take into consideration with the current figures and they include the fact that people are now living longer and the number of over 60s has increased markedly. In addition, the number of working women has risen over the years and that has made women more financially independent.
All in all it means there are a greater number of single people of all ages. Some may be disillusioned with actually living with someone else after splitting from a long-term partner, but that does not mean they do not want friendship. The question is just how to find it. People who are set in their ways and have a routine may not come across new people during that routine. Perhaps the week involves work, the local pub, perhaps the golf club at the weekend with regular golfing partners. The chances of meeting someone new are limited.
There are many people in the same position, and it is a matter of finding them. One way is to look for places where they may have registered in search of a friend. The Internet is one place that perhaps can help; it helps with just about everything else in life. It is somewhere anyone can go just to research without other people knowing.
Senior Dating does provide the opportunity to meet someone new in later life when you are looking for friendship and companionship and do not come across it in normal daily activity. Surely it is worth looking to see whether it can help you?