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Clicking, Swiping, Boosting, Super Liking

Since the first modern dating website was created in the mid-1990s, millions of people have spent a lot of time, energy and dollars dating online. During the COVID-19 pandemic, looking for love online has seemed like a safer option for a lot of us. So why is the jury still out on if technology actually leads to lasting love connections?

In this episode, Laura talks with Francine Russo, author of “Love After 50: How to Find It, Enjoy It, and Keep It.” The twice-widowed writer says after she discovered online dating, making romantic connections was easy.

Author Francine Russo

Claire and Jim
Claire and Jim

Thinking about signing up on a dating website? What about an app? Is there a difference? Laura gets a breakdown from dating consultant Aaron Hunt. Then she talks with Claire, who despite a disappointing experience, gave online dating another try. Jim also joins the show to talk about how a health scare motivated him to take another chance on love...with Claire.

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Laura Stassi is creator and host of the podcast Dating While Gray: the grown-up’s guide to love, sex and relationships. She explores issues and relays true stories about seeking, finding and keeping love after age 50. Online dating, sexual intimacy, deal breakers – everything’s on the table.
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Anisa Khalifa is an award-winning podcast producer and host at WUNC. She grew up in a public radio household, and fell in love with podcasts shortly before her friends convinced her to start one with them about Korean dramas. Since joining WUNC in 2021, Anisa has produced Me and My Muslim Friends, CREEP, Tested and Dating While Gray, and is the host of WUNC's weekly podcast The Broadside.