More and more single people over 50 are turning to the Internet to find a later-in-life love connection, but there's a clear gender divide in how they adjust to dating online, according to AARP dating expert Ken Solin.
Older men who look for mates online usually cast a much wider net than women, Solin told HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker on Friday.
"Men tend to approach online dating like it's a candy store and they're a kid with a bag of dimes," he said. "They just spin the dial, and you can tell ... by the emails men send. 'You're cute, let's talk' -- how many people did they send that to?"
On the other hand, women make more careful choices and are more likely to study a potential match's profile before reaching out. Women also have a better understanding of how sex plays into a relationship, Solin said.
"It's more difficult for men to understand that the best relationships -- the hottest sexual relationships, passionate relationships -- are also best friendships, and that's critical," he said. "We were raised to think that once you become friends with a woman, sex is over. Actually the opposite is true. Once you becomes friends with a woman you love, sex gets better."
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