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Senior Citizens Finding Love on the InternetAired September 11, 2000 - 1:57 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: On the Internet, match-making sites have been popular for some time now. We wouldn't know. We're too busy with our home life.
But, contrary to stereotypes, they are not just for busy young professionals.
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Mary Pflum tells us about some older people who have found a new way to look for love.
MARY PFLUM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Bob Heron and Penny Jeffers are experiencing love the second time around. He's a widower from South Carolina. She's a divorcee from Florida.
How did they meet? on-line.
PENNY JEFFERS: I was the initiator, scandal, scandal. They have something called Venus on match.com and she will notify you with an e- mail if there's a match for you. So, I responded to his profile and it just sounded interesting.
Almost from the beginning, it was -- there was just a real strong connection; too many similar interests and values.
PFLUM: Today, Bob and Penny, both grandparents, are engaged. And living proof that the kind of cyberlove depicted in the film, "You've Got Mail," isn't limited to the young.
HEATHER PARIM, AMERICA ONLINE: Love@aol, which is the area on AOL where people can place and browse and search personal ads -- it's great growing popularity with the senior population.
TRISH MCDERMOTT, V.P. ROMANCE, MATCH.COM: Well, at match.com, we are definitely seeing a lot more seniors logging on to our site. And, they have a little time. They are Internet savvy. And, they are having fun.
PFLUM (on camera): Not so long ago, the prime spot for single seniors to find new mates, was in a place of worship, like a church or a synagogue. But times are changing. According to Jupiter Communications, senior citizens currently comprise the fastest growing segment of the Web market. And, by 2003, there will be an estimated 27.3 million senior citizens on-line.
JEFFERS: I love the person you are, sight unseen.
PFLUM (voice-over): For Bob and Penny, whose romance began with a few strokes on the keyboard...
BOB HERON: Very frankly, I'm confused. I'm in turmoil. How can I -- how can I feel this way about somebody I haven't even seen or met?
PFLUM: The Internet's proved nothing short of miraculous.
HERON: I poo-pooed the Internet for a long, long time, and I finally got into the Internet. We just can't tell people enough the value of meeting this way, worldwide.
PFLUM: Mary Pflum, CNN, Atlanta.
WATERS: I guess we are all invited to the wedding. Good luck to Bob and Penny.
ALLEN: Yes, good luck to them.
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