Dating Over 40: According to the NY Times, the Dating Industry is Booming!

I just read an article about the dating biz that may surprise you.  With the recession and all the bad news, the dating business is booming! It does make sense to me though – because when the chips are down, the thought of having someone to lean on brings comfort.

So how good are things going for matchmakers and online dating sites? Check out these stats: was up 51% in 4th quarter ”08 and 30% more in January ’09 is up 60% since October ’08 -North America is up 17% in December ’08

A similar spike was seen in the industry during 2001 after 9/11.

One thing noted in the article, was the shift of dating criteria opening to include humility, versus focus on the right job and money in a partner.  As the desire for partnership rises, the softening of criteria becomes more plausible.

You may want to read the whole article. I think it’s great that seeking a partner is on the rise.  According to the AARP, only 16% of single adults DO anything to change their single status. Since two can live more cheaply than one, perhaps the economy will bring more couples together. Now that you know there are more people looking, that’s another reason to get out there!

Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. So, she made a few tweaks and then dated 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late for Love to help other smart, successful women find love too! Her mission is to share her proven dating advice  and keen insights about men with women everywhere who are serious about finding love with the right man. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000’s of midlife women with her Love & Dating Coach services. She’s been featured on BBC’s 5 Live Radio, NBC, ABC, and Fox News, NPR, eHarmony,,, Connecticut Magazine among others around the world. An established author, you can find her 6 books on Amazon.

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