(eng)agingproject is run by Active Aging Center (AAC), a non-governmental organizationwhich develops 
projects focused on improving life of elderly - “Happy Senior” and “Good Investment”, in cooperation 
with KEYNOTEwellestablished consultancy. 

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Wednesday, February 10 • 14:30 - 14:50
Online Dating, Intimacy & Active Aging of Baby Boomer Women

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Since people live longer, partnering in later life is becoming more common in comparison to previous decades. Yet, dating patterns and intimate relationships have changed significantly due to the increasing development of new means of communication and access to the Internet among older people. The use of ICT has also played an important role during the recent spread of COVID-19. Dating apps and online dating sites are seen as an alternative way to connect emotionally, sexually and intimately, enhance social inclusion, and reduce loneliness and boredom during the pandemic. This paper casts light on the representations of online dating and sexual experiences as represented in American writer Erica Jong's later-life work. Jong’s position as a spokeswoman of the American post-war generation is especially relevant, given that the female representatives of the baby-boom generation are now approaching their latest stages in life, and are exposed to new age-related challenges. By showing how Jong’s heroine negotiates her cyberspace dating and intimate relationships, this paper provides new vantage points to better understand the complex realities of sexuality and ageing in today’s technology-dominated society. It also contributes to a critical examination of interrelationships between ageing and technologies with a special focus on online dating and older women users

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Alexandre Sidorenko

Expert in International Policy on Ageing, Chairman of (eng)aging! Steering Committee

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Ieva Stončikaitė

Researcher, University of Lleida
Ieva Stončikaitė holds a PhD (2017) in cultural and literary gerontology (U of Lleida, Spain). She has been a pre-doctoral researcher at U of Fribourg (Switzerland, 2015-16) and TCAS (Trent U, Canada, 2016). Her current research interests include cultural gerontology, 'silver' leisure... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2021 14:30 - 14:50 CET