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If you’re young and single, your phone is the best way to get a date. Services like Tinder and OKCupid have sophisticated apps that allow you to scroll through acres of photos and pages, clicking or swiping when you see someone — or sometwo or three or seventeen — that you like.
If you’re young — and by “young” I’m generously including those in their 30s — you’re likely to have a smartphone or tablet. If you’re old, you’re catching up. The oldest person I know — it’s Peter Robinson, have you heard of him? — refuses to have a smartphone, though I think he might have a tablet. Tablet ownership is growing quickly among the elderly.
So if you’re older and you’re in the dating pool, where do you go to swipe and click on a pretty (or, shall we say, well preserved) face? The answer to that question is a business opportunity that someone is already exploiting. From BetaBeat:
First, you were teaching Grandpa how to Facebook. And now? He’s swiping left and right for romance.
Don’t worry, your grandfather isn’t going to show up in your Tinder feed. He’s off to find a “companion” on Stitch, a soon-to-be-released dating app designed for the over 50 crowd.
The brain child of Aussie Andrew Dowling, Stitch matches local seniors who are looking for “friends, marriage, and everything in between,” the website says. If it’s anything like Tinder, we expect these seniors are going to be a lot more than friends.
Though the app hasn’t been released yet, Dowling says there won’t be a chat feature; these baby boomers would rather speak on the phone. It’s understandable for anyone who’s watched their Grandma type an email, one slow keystroke at a time.
Stitch’s founder argues it’s not just a companionship app — it’s a life saver.
“Believe it or not, for seniors loneliness is a bigger killer than smoking or obesity,” Dowling told VICE. “The reality is that we need to stay socially connected, if we want to stay healthy.”
What progress! Finally everyone at the table can be staring at their phones or tablets!