Australian survey: Baby boomers just want to have fun

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When it comes to love, age is not just a number. Single Baby Boomers are looking more for fun than “the one,” Generation Y is the most traditional, and Gen Xers are sitting on the fence when it comes to the importance of marriage, a survey in Australia has found.

The poll of Australian singles has exposed the surprising differences in what the generations want.

Singles across the board were looking for a connection that is more than skin deep, with a good personality topping the list.

Baby Boomers are the least likely to be fussy about personality, but they are more keen on snappy dressers, humour, shared interests and smarts than their younger counterparts.

Only 58 per cent of Boomers rated personality as very important, compared with 69 per cent of Gen X and 70 per cent of Gen Y.

The Date of the Nation Report commissioned by dating site RSVP found intelligence was very important to 53 per cent of Boomers, 45 per cent of Gen Xers and just 34 per cent of Gen Ys.

A sense of humour, chemistry, morals and manners also made the top five in the poll of 3325 Australians conducted by Nielsen.

With decades of relationship experience under their belts, only 46 per cent of single Boomers were looking to spend the rest of their lives with “the one.”

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  1. Gen-Xers in the U.S. are vascillating on marriage as well. Focus on the Family conducts an entire program called Boundless (http://www.boundless.org/) run by Lisa Anderson. In her podcasts she asks them why they aren’t pursuing marriage, questioning their dating styles, their cohabitation and their infatuation with their careers, trying to give them a vision for marriage and help them understand that it is critical to their future.

    Seems like it is a worldwide issue.

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