The survey digs deep by exploring relationships after bereavement, divorce and separation in people over 50. It was felt that the appropriate time to move on after one of these life events was 11 months. A whopping 30% met their new partner online.
The survey found that, on average, respondents believe that nearly two years (22 months) is an appropriate length of time to wait before starting a new relationship after the death of a partner, although the actual time those who had lost a partner and then started a new relationship waited was nearly four years (44 months). Those surveyed felt that it was acceptable to move on more rapidly following divorce or separation: 11 months, on average. Nearly two thirds (60%) have not broached with their partner the subject of how long it would be reasonable to wait before moving on romantically.