Things have really changed in recent years haven’t they? Long gone are the days when seniors were just expected to be home with grandkids or only ever out to enjoy and early bird special! It’s getting hard to believe that there was ever a time when a senior, whether divorced or widowed, would be expected to remain single. We can thank several things for the recent changes that have made fifty the new forty, especially technology for not only empowering us with information and knowledge but also helping to bring people together more easily than ever before. What am I getting at? Online dating – or rather online dating for over 50s.
Online dating sites for seniors are just like all the other dating sites, with the exception that the members are either those who are aged fifty and over or have a preference for over 50s dating such. Not only is this great as far as the comfort factor goes because you don’t have to navigate your way through a sea of twenty-something’s, but it also makes things a lot easier in terms of being able to connect with people at any time of the day or night that works for you. Not that you should try to hurry love of course. Actually, you can’t hurry love according to the Supreme’s song, but convenience sure is nice, isn’t it?
When you decide to take the plunge and give online dating for seniors a try there are a few things you want to keep in mind. First off, look for the right site for you. Your search for a dating site will lead you to thousands of options, but what you want is one that is specific to online dating for seniors as well as one that is well known or reputable. You also want to be sure that it’s a site that has singles in your area as opposed to wasting time with a site exclusive to Europe if you’re in America. Once you’ve chosen your site, you’ll need to create a profile so that people can contact you. The best advice one can give you on creating your profile is to be honest and refrain from including personal information.
Your profile is your first impression so getting off on the right foot means creating a profile that makes the best impression possible. Here’s how…
1. Choose Your Category
Online dating for seniors is no different than for any other age group when it comes to the types of dating you can choose from. There are categories for those looking for long term relationships, casual dating or intimate encounters. Take a second to think about what you’re really looking for and choose accordingly. There is no sense in meeting with singles looking for a commitment if you’re just looking to warm up on a few cold lonely nights, if you know what I mean!
2. Be Honest
It’s easy to get carried away with embellishing when you’re online. Sure, your profile may attract more attention if it says that you’re a retired astronaut or former beauty queen, but at the end of the day do you really want the exhausting task of keeping up a lie? Think about what you want and ask for it in your profile. As for talking about yourself; keep it short and to the point, but make sure that every word is true. It’ll save you the embarrassment of having the truth come out later on and it’ll make it easier for you to find someone that is good for you—the real you.
3. Have Fun
As nerve wracking as dating is no matter how old you are, it’s still important and possible to have fun. Yes, you want to find someone perfect for you and depending how long you’ve been alone, that perfect person can’t come soon enough. But don’t let yourself get so wrapped up in finding ‘the one’ as quickly as you can that you forget to enjoy the experience and possibly even overlook someone amazing. Let this be about meeting lots of different people and opening yourself up to new experiences. What you find along the way just may surprise you.
Keeping an open mind is also important when looking to meet people through an older dating site. You’ll likely be overwhelmed by the amount of men and women you’ll find on a site and weeding through them does require knowing what you want and don’t want, but you also don’t want to be too rigid because you run the risk of missing out on someone great just because they don’t appear to be ‘perfect’ in their profile. It can also be hard to be open-minded when you’re apprehensive about internet dating in the first place.
Using online dating sites for over 50s may not give you the old fashioned introduction that you’re accustomed to, but as long as it puts you in touch with others looking for love and companionship, does that really matter? You can find love in the strangest places after all!