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Some possibilities are sketched out in order to open up analysis of developments in sexuality and intimacy, and their potential in terms of social change.Heterodox innovations are likely to be relevant to the future shape of facilities/services for older people.Joey, 69, from London said: “I got to a point where I thought I’m going to kick the bucket fairly soon.” So three months ago, he joined Grindr, the mobile dating app for gay men, and told us he’s now “averaging, I would say, four men a week”.Joey is like almost half of all our respondents (46 per cent) who told us that sex is important to their lives.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.

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We concentrate upon the instance of heterosexual older people and internet dating as a means to consider sexuality and social connection, and find that there is a significant research gap not merely in relation to older people but also in terms of considerations of social change.

While this research terrain requires further empirical enquiry, and may well demonstrate much that remains normative, the focus upon older people and new technologies in relation to sexual intimacy is also suggestive of heterodox innovations which might be considered as politically significant.

Sexuality is frequently unrecognised and under-theorised as a mode of ageing social interconnection.

Yet this failure to fully integrate sexuality into considering older people’s lives cannot be sustained in the face of its well evidenced links with health and wellbeing.