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“With people living longer and having more access to innovation, [mobile] phones, texting, all the applications, whatever it is, it enables our generation to keep active rather than sit [at] home and grow old in a rocking chair,” Main says.Stitch, which specialises in helping those 50 and older find companions, is among a wave of new startups whose attention is placed squarely on baby boomers and pensioners (while the majority of Stich’s members are in the US and Australia, it is open to anyone with an internet connection).Silicon Valley’s normal reflex is to cater to the young, who adopt tech early and fill the ranks of Snapchat or Instagram.
Techboomers, meanwhile, teaches older people all over the world how to use popular online services such as Netflix and Spotify for free, with extensive tutorials that include helpful videos.
But Tracy, 65, and Main, 63, didn’t find each other using Tinder or Ok Cupid.
They were matched up on Stitch, the so-called Tinder for seniors.
Stitch “will match you up with people that they think have similar interests, and then you can either say whether you want to find out more about that person or not, and then you just strike up a conversation, which is how Doug and I started – we did this for many months.
We were pen pals,” Tracy says, laughing, with Main at her side.