Many haven't been on the dating scene for decades and, feeling lonely and vulnerable, turn to their nearest computer for help.
What they find is a plethora of online dating sites that promise romance, true love and fun.
These sites, along with dozens of other smaller ones, allow you to post a profile of yourself and view the profiles of others.
There is no attempt to verify the information someone posts -- something the sites are generally upfront about.
does not do background checks and tells subscribers as much.
The site has 100 investigators whose job it is to read and approve every profile before it's posted, and there are checks for stolen credit cards.
But the site is forthright about the fact that it does not conduct background checks, Traub said.
It also attempts to educate its subscribers by plastering the site with cautions like "don't wire money to anyone" and "once you go off-site, can no longer monitor the match," he said.
Every online dating site has its own ways of letting people's relationships develop -- instant message, texting, ways to exchange more photos.
It often progresses to off-site emailing and in-person meets, in which the site has no role.
Online dating services are booming businesses, and the boomers who are joining them are doing so in big numbers.