MIAMI HERALD - Sep 8 - ~30% of boomers are single according to the U.S. Census. The percentage of divorced singles has doubled in 30 years, from 7% in 1980 to 15.6% in 2009. The never-married have also grown, from 5.3 % to 9.6%. Only the category of widowed singles has dropped from 8% in 1980 to 3.6% in 2009. More than 96M Americans (43% of adult U.S. residents) are unmarried, the highest percentage ever. People who reach midlife unattached are "a growing market". Meetcha, the new dating website, seeks to bring people together in big cities through an idea labeled as PODS -- people out doing stuff. "If the last time you dated you were 21, you're going to face certain shocks when you go out there again,'' says Pepper Schwartz, AARP's love and relationship expert.
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Mark Brooks: I'm working on a paper entitled, 'how internet dating has changed society' and will be including some of these numbers. The paper is constructed from the responses from 30 idating executives on the subject and will be released after the Paris Internet Dating Conference.