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L ife expectancy across the globe is rising all the time; the latest statistics tell us that people born in will live an average of seven years longer than those born 25 years earlier. Some prefer the sound of a voice, others learn more from lengthy emails. But Shanny Tebb, of the Toronto-based matchmaking company Shanny in the City, dismisses coffee dates. While sex and relationships may not be a new experience, it can take time to feel comfortable with a new person. Some common hobbies taken up by older people include taking a cooking class, learning a new language or instrument, and joining a reading group. Both had been single for about 10 years when they met.