If First Dates has taught us anything, it’s you’re never too old for a date night, and a recent study revealed married couples in their 70s enjoy going out together just as much as those in their 20s.
The research, commissioned by over 50s specialists SunLife, showed how couples have less frequent date nights as they reach middle age, but the number tends to pick up again once any kids have flown the nest and retirement age comes around.
Loved up senior citizens head out on around eight date nights a month, setting aside two evenings a week to get loved up with their other half.
This number is matched only by newly married couples in their twenties, when having a late night on a weekday and jumping up the next day hangover free is still a manageable feat. Apparently.
In comparison, couples in their thirties go on seven date nights a month, while married Brits in their forties only manage five.
Discussing the findings, Ian Atkinson, marketing director at SunLife said:
Our research shows that despite being together for at least 20 years on average, most couples aged 70 and over are still very much enjoying each other’s company.
In fact, on average, couples aged 70 plus go out together eight times a month – just as much as those in their 20s, and more than couples in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
The study also looked at 1,000 adults who are in a relationship but haven’t tied the knot, and revealed the number of dates follows a similar pattern to married couples.
Couples aged 21 and under go out together on average around 10 times a month, while unmarried people in their seventies go on eight dates a month with their partner.
Unmarried couples in their forties tend to go on just four nights out a month as a couple, while 60-somethings enjoy seven date nights.
Eligible singletons in their twenties have the most active dating life, racking up 11 a month, compared to those in their fifties who date around three times a month.
Those aged 60-69 enjoy just one date a month, but those in their seventies enjoy six.
As for Valentine’s Day, the one day of the year dedicated to all things lovey-dovey, it emerged those in their twenties and thirties are more likely to be up for celebrating.
Almost half of all married adults in their twenties and thirties are planning to go out on February 14, compared to just a fifth of those in their forties, fifties and sixties.
One in two single Brits aged 21-40 are planning to date a potential suitor on Valentine’s Day, with 44 per cent of 40-somethings saying the same.
Only 17 per cent of singletons in their fifties are set on a Valentine’s date, along with 25 per cent of those in their sixties. But once again, those in their seventies are up for a good time as a third of 70-somethings are looking forward to the big day.
The research found single Brits over 50 are much less confident about dating than those under 50, with eight in 10 singles in their 20s, 30s and 40s saying they feel confident about dating, with a quarter describing themselves as ‘very confident.’
In comparison, two thirds of single over 50s would describe themselves as confident, but just one in five say they feel ‘very confident’.
One in 20 would describe themselves as ‘not at all confident’.
Dating can be difficult for people in their 50s – particularly if they have recently come out of a long term relationship and are dating for the first time in years.
A third of single people over 50 say they don’t feel confident about dating, so we have put together our ‘Top tips for dating in your 50s’ to help people feel more confident about dating and finding love later in life.
This Valentine’s Day we hope to see more people in their 50s, 60s and 70s getting out there and enjoying dating – and their relationships – more than ever.
Check out SunLife’s dating tips here.
Age and relationship status aside, hopefully everyone has a great Valentine’s Day!
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