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We identified 12 themes in the profiles using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count software (Pennebaker, Booth, & Francis, 2007).Regression analyses revealed that older adults were more likely to use first-person plural pronouns (e.g., we, our) and words associated with health and positive emotions.Prior research indicates that across a variety of contexts, young adults use more first-person singular pronouns, indicating a stronger focus on the self, whereas older adults use more first-person plural pronouns, indicating a focus on connections (Pennebaker & Stone, 2003; Schwartz et al., 2013).We also examined gender differences in these patterns.In contrast, older adults are more positive in their profiles and focus more on connectedness and relationships to others.Due to societal trends and deceased stigma, online dating is now one of the most common ways for adults of all ages to find a romantic partner (Rosenfeld & Thomas, 2012; Stephure, Boon, Mac Kinnon, & Deveau, 2009).

Older adults are likely to present themselves positively and emphasize their existing relationships and health.Individuals’ self-presentations may reflect age differences in motivations for the self and other.Indeed, the language people use when constructing their self-presentations may convey such differences.A systematic quantitative analysis of the language adults use in dating profiles may further illuminate motivations to date at different ages.Adults of all ages may share certain motivations to date, including companionship and romance.