When I think of dating, I lump it all into a few categories -- teen dating dramas, dating in your 20s and 30s to look for a permanent mate, or dating after divorce with all that baggage attached!
But there are many other groups dating, and one important group is our seniors.
Dating over 60 is becoming far more commonplace, which can only be considered a great thing. Romance is most certainly not exclusive to those under 50.
One of the biggest dating sites in the world, Match.com, has taken a look at what their members are saying about dating and their romantic outlooks in general.
Those over 60 appear to be the most relaxed and happy over the status of their relationships. They cite many factors.
The main one is that they've been around the block once or twice and know exactly what they want and what they don't want.
Rather than posting photos lying against their nice cars (come on guys, why do you DO that?!) or pursing their lips provocatively into the camera lenses (ladies, leave the silly duck-faces to the kids) and talking about what kind of job they have and money they make, older Americans have eight main interests in romance and companionship.
According to Match.com, they are intelligence, independence, goals, religion/spirituality, political beliefs, compatibility, and current health and activity levels.
Now many young people are interested in the same thing but older Americans aren't as interested in what a person looks like, what size dress they wear or what music they are listening to.
Having children is not a concern, instead many are open to talking about each other's adult children (and grandchildren). And by the 60s, the baby-momma drama and any custody or alimony issues are all in the past.
What they are mostly looking for is companionship (including sex) and common interests like travel, hobbies and arts and literature. Financial stressors, mortgages and having babies -- the things younger dates may be facing in the future -- are non-existent so all that can be put aside and two seniors can simply focus on each other.