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Instead, these people are taking to Tinder, or creating their own websites, looking for love and long-term relationships.New services are popping up that specifically cater to this older market, such as Stitch, an app founded by Australian Andrew Dowling that targets those over 60.

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THE STIGMA IS FADINGAitcheson senses that the stigma once attached to meeting people through technology is fading.Men are invited to fill out a form, and Jan and Hannah sort through the applicants together, contacting whoever Jan is interested in.In the first week, Jan received 50 applicants from all over New Zealand, as well as Australia and the UK.Jan declined to be interviewed, but Hannah says her mum had tried online dating in the past and found it too arduous.And while she'd never declared that she was lonely or wanted to find someone, Hannah sensed she'd like to be in a relationship.So, six months ago, the 46-year-old working mother of one started using Tinder.

Joanna prefers the app to websites, for the immediacy it provides, its modern, easy-to-use interface, the absence of long, involved descriptions.

Joanna would recommend the app, but cautions: "I would say keep your expectations kind of low."What's missing, she believes, is the chemistry that takes place when you meet someone sans screens.

"When you meet somebody in person, it's what makes you want to see that person again.

"I think it's harmless, and it's safe, and for people in my age bracket, over 50, I think it's worthwhile." Joanna (not her real name) returned to New Zealand from a stint in London 10 years ago to find not a dating pool, but a dating puddle.

"There, it seemed you'd meet a lot more eligible people in your age group.

READ MORE: * Confessions of a 40-something Tinder user * 16 modern-day dating terms to know * Halal speed dating is 'the anti-Tinder' * Modern-day relationship rules to ignore * The ups and downs of mid-life dating "We have a small group of early stage adopters in New Zealand already, and we'd love to see more." Last month, 60-year-old Auckland teacher Jan Habgood made headlines around the world when her daughters set up a website to help her search for a partner.