You may have heard of Tinder, the dating app that lets singles check out potential matches on their phone. Unlike most online dating that involves matching you with someone based on common interests, Tinder operates by letting you glance at the person’s profile picture and read a short bio.  Users swipe right to learn more and left to dismiss the user.

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While Tinder is known as place for young singletons to hook up temporarily with other young singletons, a new app aimed at Baby Boomers hopes to help users find lasting relationships and even just good friends.

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The service is called Stitch, and it is growing quickly, gaining 7,000 users in the past month.  You can check it out at Stitch.net or in the Apple App store. An Android app is on the way soon.

The idea is to help the 50-plus crowd find companionship without having to wade through a bunch of millennials who want to send you pictures of their private parts.

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Stitch does not allow unsolicited contact, and the app emphasizes common interests and activities.

You can search for romance or just for travel companions or folks who enjoy the same activities like theater or hiking.

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The company says it does an ID verification on each member to keep scammers and con artists out of the picture.

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There is both a free and a paid option for joining the site.  The founders say they were inspired to start the site because many seniors find themselves socially isolated even if they have close relationships with their families. They need companions their own age who share their interests to spend time with.

The hope is that this app will help people find both friends and possible romance if they’re interested.

~ Cynthia