Affairs and sex on a first date are on the rise among the over-50s as men prioritise ‘good looks’ while women prefer a man ‘who can fix things’.

New research into romance in later life has revealed that more than two thirds of over-50s believe in playing the field and dating more than one person at one time – while two in five think it’s fine to jump into bed on a first date.

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And in the search for love, men go for looks while women prefer the ‘ability to fix things’.

Keeping your options open in later life could be a result of past hurt, as a quarter of people admitted that they’ve cheated on a partner.

And while others vow they would never forgive someone for being unfaithful, one in 10 has confessed that they have forgiven a partner for straying.

Affairs on the rise   

The research, conducted by insurance and travel specialist Staysure shows that when it comes to the dating scene, over-50s still look to find love offline – with some revealing that they’ve made a romantic connection whilst attending a funeral.

Both men and women agree that being open to new things is the most important quality in a romantic partner.

Men also prioritise ‘good looks’ - compared to women who prefer practical skills such as ‘the ability to fix things’ and ‘interest in food and cooking’.

Here are the top 10 qualities that over-50s are looking for in a potential partner.

What women want…

1. Open mindedness e.g. - interested in trying new things
2. Interest in travel and seeing the world
3. Good looks
4. Ability to fix things
5. Interest in food and cooking
6. Interest in current affairs
7. Interest in fashion and dressing well
8. Interest in sport
9. Interest in money (and making it)
10. Tech savvy

What men want…

1. Open mindedness e.g. - interested in trying new things
2. Good looks
3. Interest in travel and seeing the world
4. Interest in food and cooking
5. Interest in current affairs
6. Interest in sport
7. Interest in fashion and dressing well
8. Interest in money (and making it)
9. Ability to fix things
10. Interest in politics

What do you look for in a potential partner? Do the above lists sit well with you? Let us know in the Comments section below.