With respect to the pursuit of romance, if we assume that individuals who use the Internet for this purpose are either single or dissatisfied with some aspect of their existing intimate involvements, Socioemotional Selectivity Theory has important implications for understanding whether and how age will affect their approach to the opportunities that Internet dating offers.
First, it suggests that older adults should be more likely than their younger counterparts to believe that they are “running out of time” to meet new partners.
Users' experiences with Internet personals ads and online dating may not all be uniform, however, and age may be an important dimension along which such experiences vary.
Indeed, although there is substantial variation in the age of individuals who visit online dating sites (com Score, 2003; Madden & Lenhart, 2006), younger cohorts (e.g., Internet users between 18 and 29 years of age) are more likely to report accessing such sites than are older cohorts (Madden & Lenhart, 2006).
This would be an interesting and beneficial topic for researchers to study.
We used data from an online survey (N = 175) about Internet romance to explore the possibility that age might be associated with variation in people's perceptions of and experiences with online personals ads and Internet dating sites.
Consistent with this prediction, longitudinal research (Carstensen, 1992) has shown that frequency of interaction in and satisfaction with relationships with emotionally significant social network members (i.e., siblings, parents, spouses, and children) increases from age 18 to age 50.If, as the theory predicts, aging is associated with shifts in temporal perspective characterized by a sense that the future is diminishing, older adults should be more inclined than younger adults to perceive time as a constraint on their ability to succeed in the romance-seeking enterprise.Second, the theory suggests that age-related variations in time perspective should affect people's goal preferences.People will find ways manipulate others if they really want to.None of the research I found offered a solution of how to change or avoid this problem.