Chicago area internet dating

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For me, 2015 is about being less pixelated and more present.

While there are many local, national or international sites devoted to dating, IAC, the company behind and other dating sites, launched a new site in May -- Our

The thing about online dating is that I only have to make someone like the of me, and then be that idea for about six weeks until the guy -or me- got bored.

But within those six weeks, I got a rush from the texting banter, the first, second, third dates and the validation—oh, how I became addicted to the validation. Online dating became a game of scoring those validation points, a distraction from the truly difficult task of actually trying to connect with someone.

Josh Meyers, CEO of IAC's People Media, says other sites such as the company's Senior People saw a 400 percent growth in the past two years and Our aims to bring everyone in the 50 and older age group under one site."We saw a fervor for something just for them," he says of older adults.

Surveys of the age group indicated they wanted to be able to associate with other mature adults."They wanted to jump into a community of like-minded folks," he says.

That’s a process that takes far more time, wine and expressing all of those vulnerable emotions without the help of emoticons.

Looking over my dating past, my favorite people have been those I didn’t meet online—people I met through accidental blind dates or at parties I didn’t intend to go to.

While it helps to have the focus narrowed to a target age group, decades off the market can make anyone's dating skills rusty and plenty has changed. Gail Saltz, a relationship psychiatrist and expert working with Our, says on other dating sites there is a mix of ages and past relationships.

In the 50 and older age group many are divorced or widowed, this is not their first relationship and many have grown children, she says.

They were people I wasn’t trying to win, people who I was myself around because I didn’t have a screen between us to alter who I was.

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