Looking for romance? If you're between 40 and 70, it's likely you're looking online.
A new international study funded by eHarmony, the online dating service, and conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute in England, found that middle-aged men and women were the most likely people to use online dating sites, with 36 percent saying they had found their current partner online.
Despite the increased enthusiasm for online dating sites, most people still said they had met their partner through more traditional channels. Nearly 70 percent said they had met at clubs or bars, while 67 percent got matched up through friends of friends.
Matchmaking through church events, family gatherings or shared hobbies experienced a slight decline in popularity, possibly because these techniques proved less successful, said the study's authors. Only one in 15 participants who said they had hoped to meet someone through their church had actually found someone that way.
Still, that newfangled Internet romance isn't for everyone. Only two people in the sample started a relationship in their 70s — and neither did it through online dating.
Candy Sagon writes about health and nutrition.