In those intervening years, online dating became my generation’s preferred way of meeting potential mates, according to a survey commissioned by e And other research shows that people over 50 are joining online dating sites at twice the rate of other age groups.

Mike told her that she was the first person he contacted because she met his two requirements: at least 5 feet 10 inches tall and living within five miles of his ZIP code. He is funny, successful, artistic, an overall nice guy, and we have fun together. I’m just trying not to make the same mistakes I made in the past.” Jill and Mike’s story offers hope for Type AAs and slackerdudes alike.

Fifteen minutes into their first date, he asked her out again. Looking for a little more motivation to give it a shot, I called the public relations people at How About We.com, which partnered with AARP in December to run a dating service for that organization's members.

This is not a cougar site, though that’s not a bad marketing strategy. When it came time to complete my profile, I failed.

I considered carefully crafting answers to the questions about my perfect Sunday or my life in five sentences to entice the kind of man I wanted. putting my photo and date ideas up there for people to respond to (or worse, not respond to).

She said she loved How About We’s unique format, which lets users post and respond to potential dates rather than cruise profiles.

(“How about we get some tea and do the crossword like an old married couple?

“I’m anal as hell,” she said, “and someone who doesn’t bother to use spellcheck wouldn’t be able to stand me.” Jill selected her “finalists” by phone, which resulted in 12 enjoyable dates over six months.

Unfortunately, none of them were quite “it,” and she was about to end her membership when someone reached out to .

(MORE: Why Middle Age Is the Best Time to Fall in Love) My Life in Five Sentences Thanks to Mande and Jill, I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for a free trial with How About We.com, which necessitated my creating a Gmail account to absorb the shrapnel.