The number of e users who identify themselves as 45 years or older and divorced has more than doubled in the past eight years, says Gian Gonzaga, senior researcher for the site, which has had 20 million members since it started in 2000.Registered users ages 45-64 jumped 9 percent from 2007-2008, Becky Teraoka, the site's public relations manager said.Instead, the poor victim is met face-to-face with usually a friend, an enemy playing a sick joke, or an ex-lover.Heartbroken and thoroughly embarrassed, the featured individual confronts the trickster and is informed of the motives behind the creation of the fake profile.She thinks that she has now met "probably the love of my life." But April was so upset with her mother's online dating that she refused to meet the boyfriend for eight months.
Dahl admits he didn't advise his mother on what to post."I didn't know the difference between a Web page and an e-mail. "They may not even want to hear that you kissed.' People are uncomfortable imagining their 60-year-old mother making out in the back of a car." Kaiser does recommend parents and children in this situation keep lines of communication open, but children need to realize that "their parents have a life; their parents are grown up." Meanwhile, parents need to recognize their child's concerns.If a new boyfriend or girlfriend is now in the picture, says Kaiser, it's important for the child to spend time with that person, "to develop their own relationship." She recommends activities that both can enjoy, such as attending a sporting event together.Kaiser says she often counsels parents and children on working through issues that arise when a parent begins dating online.One of her clients hacked into his mother's e-mail account and, posing as her, sent rejections to potential suitors.