Swofties - an acronym for “single women above fifty” - have never been happier making apparently, the most out of their otherwise mundane and monotonous life, a recent research has revealed.
Keeping the things like knitting and jam-making aside, older women are now increasingly hitting the night clubs, enjoying exotic holidays, and joining social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions has found out.
The estimated 600,000 swofties across the UK, who are either widows, spinsters, or divorcees, have been leading a gratifying single life and enjoy embracing new experiences like never before.
There has been a considerable increase in the number of women over 50 preferring to be alone, with around 21 percent of the respondents claiming they have been enjoying a single life, a rise of five percent over the past decade.
The advancing age has been no more a deterrent to them, with around a quarter of the women purporting that they have never had such a great life before.
Of more than 1000 older women surveyed, 17 percent have claimed to be actively engaged in dating with men and looking for another partner, whereas 19 percent have signed up to social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
In addition, almost half of the women surveyed had opted for learning new skills, including computer courses, cooking, learning a foreign language, or even salsa dancing, the survey added. Interestingly, the research did not say what their single men were up to.